Space Robotic Systems and Artificial Intelligence in the Context of the European Space Technology Roadmap
Wiebke Brinkmann, Florian Cordes, Christian Ernst Siegfried Koch, Malte Wirkus, Raúl Dominguez, Alexander Dettmann, Thomas Vögele, Frank Kirchner
In Proceedings of Space Tech Conferences, 19.11.-21.11.2019, Bremen, o.A., 2019.
This paper describes the activities of the German Research
Center for Artificial Intelligence - Robotics Innovation
Center (DFKI RIC) and its involved robotic systems
SherpaTT and Mantis within the European Space
Robotics Technologies Research Cluster (SRC) program.
This program is divided into several phases which build
on each other. Within this program, key technologies for
space application were developed in five so-called Operational
Grants (OGs) during the first phase. The program
has two tracks, the orbital track aims at developing technologies
for satellite missions, while the planetary track is
focussed on planetary exploration operations, for example
on Martian or Lunar surface. In a sixth OG, the technologies
have been successfully demonstrated in an earth
analogue mission for the planetary track and laboratory
experiments within the orbital track. Currently running is
the second phase with five further OGs. The outcomes
of the first phase are summarized in this paper and the
current activities within the second phase are presented.
The focus is on the OGs PULSAR, ADE and PRO-ACT
in which DFKI RIC is part of the respective consortium.
This paper concludes with an outlook on the call for the
third and final phase of the SRC program.