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Prototype for an Ultra Large Structure Assembly Robot

Objective

Autonomous assembly of large structures in space is a key challenge to implement future missions that will necessitate structures too large to be self-deployed as a single piece. The James Webb Space Telescope has reached this limit and the next generation telescope expected by astronomers, like the High Definition Space Telescope, will therefore require new assembly technologies, in particular autonomous robots. The need for large structures in space goes beyond telescopes and concerns also solar arrays for power plant, light sails to reach outermost regions of the solar system or heat shields to land on Mars.
PULSAR objective is to develop and demonstrate key technologies for in-space assembly of the primary mirror of a 12m diameter telescope. Previously developed building blocks, c.f. first call of the SRC Space Robotics Technology, will be integrated and enhanced for this specific mission, but also to serve future multi-mission applications.
The project focuses on the assembly of a mirror but the developed technology will be applicable to other large structures. Indeed, assembling a mirror requires far more rigor and accuracy than other identified structures. PULSAR is organized in three demonstration tracks to address major challenges of in-space autonomous assembly of telescope: dPAMT, demonstrator of Precise Assembly of Mirror Tiles; dLSAFFE, demonstrator of Large Structure Assembly in Free Floating Environment; dISAS, demonstrator of In-Space Assembly in Simulation.
Although three demonstrators will be developed, the underlying technology will rely on common building blocks whose use and improvement will benefit from the expertise of the PULSAR partners. Building blocks upgrades will then be supplied to their respective maintainers to pursue the standardization of modular and reusable components for space and non-space robotics. PULSAR is responsible of OG5/SIROM, and will contribute to the development of ESROCOS, ERGO, INFUSE and I3DS.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MAGELLIUM SAS
Address
1 Rue Ariane
31520 Ramonville Saint Agne
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 658 750

Participants (7)

GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 562 500
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 431 500
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 595 000
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 540 000
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 548 777,50
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 448 921,75
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 213 572
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)