Autonomous assembly of large structures in space
Future space missions will necessitate structures too large to be self-deployed in one piece. For instance, the next-generation telescope envisioned by astronomers will require assembly in space. In this context, the EU-funded PULSAR project will work on the assembly of a mirror, which requires more care and accuracy than other structures. However, the developed technology will also be applicable to other large structures. PULSAR’s overall concept is aimed at the creation of a fully autonomous, on-orbit robotic assembly system. Its demonstration use case is the high-precision assembly, using a robotic arm, of a set of mirror tiles in order to build the very large primary mirror of a next-generation space telescope.
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