The main goal of the Orbital Robotics is the development of systems that effectively and cost-efficiently allow to operate in near- or far-Earth orbits in order to
The increasing number of launched satellites per year, calls for solutions to keep a free operational space, avoiding endangering of space and enlarge the operational life of the satellites. Therefore, on-orbit servicing (OOS) capabilities will be a necessary and changeling field for the application of space robotics technology in the next years.
Making the robotic servicing missions in Earth orbit a reality will enlarge the time of service of the satellites. These high-cost assets eventually fail or run out of fuel. So, refuelling and maintaining missions can keep them operating longer in space in the right orbit, giving more value from its initial investment.
Servicing can also help make space more sustainable, broken and drifting satellites take up valuable GEO real estate and pose a risk to their space neighbours. A multi-capability servicer spacecraft could help mitigate the looming orbital debris problem.
OOS is advancing technologies such as dexterous robotics, autonomous rendezvous and docking systems, contact dynamics, standardization, simulation platforms, and sophisticated tools and grippers.
Servicing satellites could also offer a suite of capabilities applicable to fixing a spacecraft, upgrading existing satellites or assembling bigger structures such an observatory, habitat in space or an orbiting launch platform.