AI News, Service Robots Aim to Repair Dead Satellites in Orbit

Service Robots Aim to Repair Dead Satellites in Orbit

Thanks to the U.S. Air Force, service robots may soon be in orbit to help collect space junk humans have lost or abandoned hundreds and thousands of miles above the earth’s surface.

Having humans rehabilitate and update dead satellites would be extremely cost-prohibitive and dangerous, placing human lives in danger by having to navigate through space junk to repair the dead satellites.

DARPA is forming partnerships with teams to build robots that can maintain and upgrade satellites and develop spacecraft capable of moving the bots through space.

Companies focused on practical automation hardware aren’t always in the best position to deliver streamlined robotic control interfaces, but a new aftermarket control solution would add needed intelligence to existing service robots.

Engineering Support Drives Future Space Missions

Satellites gather important data about the Earth’s surface and weather patterns, and it’s our job to help ensure that these complex instruments fulfill their missions.

We help design, test, implement, and manufacture a spacecraft that will robotically refuel satellites in space.

We provide an entire workforce of engineers—electrical, mechanical, thermal, systems, software—to streamline efforts, and we can scale the team as needed.

Restore-L, a NASA unmanned spacecraft, will rendezvous with them and use a robotic arm to refuel them – like a tow truck in space.

Our Restore-L support encompasses the entire project – the autonomous docking mechanism, the robotics, the ground systems, the software, and the hardware – from design to build.

The information they collect helps our nation forecast weather events and understand climate change.