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PERASPERA (AD ASTRA) Plan European Roadmap and Activities for SPace Exploitation of Robotics and Autonomy

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PERASPERA (PERASPERA (AD ASTRA) Plan European Roadmap and Activities for SPace Exploitation of Robotics and Autonomy)

Reporting period: 2014-10-01 to 2015-09-30

The project “Per aspera (ad astra)” (Latin meaning “Through hardships to the stars”) aims at developing an integrated master plan (a.k.a. roadmap) of activities and associated activity descriptions, for a Strategic Research Cluster in Space Robotics Technology. The roadmap will be implemented within a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) through operational grants, which will be recommended by PERASPERA and issued by the European Commission.
The PERASPERA proposed workplan is articulated in some continual activities and in three cycles of recurring activities, each cycle synchronized with a specific H2020 call. The reference period has seen the start of the continual activities and the start and completion of the first cycle ahead of the 2016 Call.
The objectives of the continual activities were to:
• initiate the project and establish the management, financial and communication structures
• coordinate with the PERASPERA consortium, the Advisory board and the European Harmonisation on Space Robotics
• Coordinate with EC/REA
• Activate dissemination and education activities
The objectives of the cycle were:
• Preparation of background knowledge on the status of Space Robotics in Europe and the wishes of stakeholder
• Design of possible demonstration missions for the orbital and planetary case
• Preparation and consensus of the roadmap leading to the final demonstrations
• Provision to the REA/EC of the material to support the 2016 call
The overall objective of the SRC is to deliver, within the 2023/2024 framework, key enabling technologies and demonstrate autonomous robotic systems at a significant scale as key elements for on-orbit satellite servicing and planetary exploration.
The PERASPERA objectives will be measurable through the immediate deliverables of the project, these being:
• the roadmap, i.e. the master plan to coordinate all the activities for the whole duration of the SRC (delivered during the first year and updated twice)
• draft text for the calls to award operational grants
representation of the roadmap showing the 3 different tracks and how they may relate to each other.