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European Space Robot Control Operating System

Objective

The ESROCOS activity is devoted to the design of a Robot Control Operating Software (RCOS) that can provide adequate features and performance with space-grade Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) properties. The goal of the ESROCOS proposal is to provide an open source framework which can assist in the generation of flight software for space robots. By providing an open standard which can be used by research labs and industry, it is expected that the elevation of TRL levels can be made more efficient, and vendor lock-in through proprietary environments can be reduced.
Current state-of-the-art robotic frameworks are already addressing some of these key aspects, but mostly fail to deliver the degree of quality expected in the space environment. Terrestrial RCOS developed by industrial robot companies (e.g. VxWorks, PikeOS) are not usable for space robotics because their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforce the vendor’s dependency on space development. Other open-source frameworks do not have sufficient RAMS properties for its use in space missions.
The ESROCOS objectives are to:
1. Develop a Space-oriented RCOS including space-grade RAMS attributes, formal verification and qualification of industrial drivers.
2. Integrate advanced modelling technologies, separating the model from the platform
3. Focus on the space robotics community, with requirements coming from actors leading robotics missions
4. Allow integration of complex robotics applications by including the Time and Space partitioning approach
5. Avoid vendor-lock in situations by delivering an open-source solution
6. Leverage on existing assets, such as already existing frameworks properly extended, mature toolsets and libraries)
7. Ease the development of robotics systems by providing a solution interoperable with other robotics frameworks (e.g. Rock/ROS third-party libraries and visualizers/simulator)
8. Cross-pollinate with non-space solutions and applications

Coordinator

GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA
Net EU contribution
€ 978 100,00
Address
Calle Isaac Newton Parque Tecnologico De Madrid
28760 Tres Cantos
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 978 100,00

Participants (10)

DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 720 600,00
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern

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Region
Rheinland-Pfalz Rheinhessen-Pfalz Kaiserslautern, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 720 600,00
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 315 868,75
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 315 868,75
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 90 246,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 90 246,25
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 419 375,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 419 375,00
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 62 476,00
Address
Gunnels Wood Road
SG1 2AS Stevenage

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Region
East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 62 476,00
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 77 236,25
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Köln, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 77 236,25
GMVIS SKYSOFT SA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 319 430,00
Address
Alameda Dos Oceanos 115
1990 392 Lisboa

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 319 430,00
INTERMODALICS BVBA
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 202 926,00
Address
Hoge Kaart 65 B
2930 Brasschaat

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 202 926,00
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE L'AERONAUTIQUE ET DE L'ESPACE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 205 430,00
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 10
31055 Toulouse

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Region
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 205 430,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 108 307,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 108 307,50