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Planetary RObots Deployed for Assembly and Construction Tasks

Objective

The proposal addresses the establishment, with the support of mobile robotic platforms, of a precursor lunar base with essential capabilities in preparation to commercial exploitation of in-situ resources by assembling an ISRU resource extraction and utilization system will be essential for the establishment of future human settlement. It will in particular include the extraction of oxygen from regolith to serve as oxidizer for fuel and for artificial atmosphere generation within habitats, and 3D printing of relevant structures using regolith (with or without adjuvant, depending on printing strategy) for construction purpose – e.g. tiles for landing pad and roads, panels for berms, elements for shelters.
The primary objective of PRO-ACT is to implement and demonstrate multi-robot cooperation capabilities in a moon construction context, relying on, extending and integrating the outcomes of OG1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Accordingly PRO-ACT will:
- Review, extend and integrate ESROCOS, ERGO, InFuse, I3DS and SIROM outcomes as part of a comprehensive multi-robot system, in a meaningful moon construction scenario.
- Develop robust multi-robot cooperation capabilities allowing joint interventions (including navigation in close vicinity and joint manipulation actions) in mixed structured / unstructured environment. Make the capabilities available within a CREW module, integrated along with ERGO, InFuse and ESROCOS.
- Perform the customization of existing mobile robotic platforms and prepare facilities (moon analogue) for performing tests and demonstrations in a selection of relevant, partially representative scenarios of moon construction activities in relation to (1) ISRU capabilities establishment and (2) preparing dust mitigation surfaces (3) assembling and deploying a gantry/3D printer. As a baseline, TRL 4 to 5 is aimed at (depending on scenarios subparts).
- Perform needed tests and demonstrations in Lunar analogues to validate the newly developed capabilities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/natural satellites

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 741 500

Participants (10)

GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 360 000
Address
Calle Isaac Newton Parque Tecnologico De Madrid
28760 Tres Cantos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - PRZEMYSLOWY INSTYTUT AUTOMATYKI I POMIAROW PIAP
Poland
EU contribution
€ 18 870
Address
Aleje Jerozolimskie 202
02 486 Warsaw
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUR KUNSTLICHE INTELLIGENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 423 500
Address
Trippstadter Strasse 122
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 320 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AVS ADDED VALUE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 275 000
Address
Calle Xixilion 2 Pabellon A Y
20870 Elgoibar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LA PALMA RESEARCH CENTRE FOR FUTURE STUDIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Calle El Castillo El Fronton 37
38787 Santa Cruz De La Palma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THALES ALENIA SPACE UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 230 000
Address
2 Dashwood Lang Road
KT15 2NX Weybridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PIAP SPACE SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 381 130
Address
Ul Stefana Batorego 107
87 100 Torun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)