News | 27.02.2018
The next series of videos have been created by PERASPERA PSA as a briefing for the evaluators and applicants to the Call 2018.
The objective of this video is to clarify the Guidelines document of the SPACE-12-TEC-2018 and identify the key aspects of the five Operational Grants of the SPACE-12-TEC-2018- Space Robotics Technologies, and detail the peculiarities of the topic related to the re-use and maintenance of the common building block of the 2016 call.
Introduction: Roadmap Space Robotic Technologies Strategic Research Cluster
Introduction 2: Call 2016 Common Building Block (re-use & maintenance)
Introduction Call 2018: Three-time horizons for Orbital & Planetary robotic applications
OG7 Orbital Support Services: The objective of this OG is to demonstrate the techniques needed to offer a commercial service to operational satellites. This shall as minimum address robotic deployment and refuelling of satellites in orbit. By means of a general purpose robotic arm, a servicing satellite must be capable to demonstrate release, grasping, berthing and manipulation of a target satellite including services such as refuelling
OG8 Robotised assembly of large modular orbital structures: integrate a robot system and a set of functional modules that can assemble a large structure (such as a large reflector) otherwise not feasible with a single launch
OG9 Robotised reconfiguration of satellites: develop a satellite-mounted robot system and its related implements that can modify the functionality of a satellite by adding/replacing modules available on-board or provided by another servicing satellite.
OG10 Autonomous decision making: integrate a rover system with long traverse capabilities (kilometres a day) managing independently the decisions required to reduce risks and seize opportunities. Such a rover system will be required to travel independently from a starting point (e.g. a lander) towards an end point (say a cache of sample), perform independent opportunistic science on the way and return to the lander with the acquired soil sample.
OG11 Exploring robot-robot interaction: Proposals could address one of the following two scenarios. Advanced mobility: a suite of robots endowed with diverse mobility that can cooperate autonomously in the exploration of very hard-to-reach planetary areas. This team of robots will be entrusted to undertake multiple descents and ascents into a crater/gully performing coordinated mapping and science. Robotised construction: a team of specialised robots with multiple robotic arms and end-effectors that, through a minimum of drilling, excavating and manipulating, can cooperatively put together a future planetary base/ISRU plant.
Expected Impact & Conclusions: Space robotics technologies developed under this topic are expected to increase the performance of space missions in a cost-effective manner. Synergies with terrestrial robotics would increase the sustainability of the European space sector at large.