COllabOrative Processes and sERvices for AeroNauTics and Space

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The flagship project "Collaborative Processes and Services for Aeronautics and Space" (COOPERANTS) is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The project was approved for funding as part of the GAIA-X funding competition for the development of innovative and practical applications and data rooms in the digital ecosystem GAIA-X and officially started on February 11, 2022. The COOPERANTS research project significantly supports the development of digitization processes in the aerospace industry, with the purpose of implementing more efficient types for future work methods and production processes over the entire life cycle of spacecrafts and aircrafts, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry in Germany and Europe. In particular, this includes opportunities for digitally supported decentralized collaboration with local, national, and international partners as well as distributed teams. In the COOPERANTS project, the challenges of digitization are analyzed and solutions are developed based on the GAIA-X principles. In addition to considering property rights and the implementation of security concepts, the main focus of the research work is on the development and exploitation of Gaia-X-compatible smart services. Here, SMEs and startups in particular have the opportunity to use the potential of the GAIA-X cloud platform by offering their services directly via the protected European marketplace in order to work efficiently with clients, suppliers and other cooperation partners. The consortium of the COOPERANTS project consists of large industrial companies, SMEs, start-ups and other research institutions. The DFKI subproject "Interactive Cloud-Based Interaction Environment for space robotics applications" is specifically concerned with the implementation of a digital twin for kinematically complex robots such as the SherpaTT walking rover. The existing control center software for robot control is to be implemented and expanded as a GAIA-X smart service and tested in the form of a pilot mission. This is intended to create the basis for the interactive use of the GAIA-X platform by different user groups for the development and operation of robots, particularly in the context of space applications, but also in the field of Industry 4.0.

Duration: 01.01.2022 till 31.12.2024
Donee: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH & University of Bremen
Sponsor: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Grant number: 68GX21003H

DLR e.V., Airbus Defense and Space GmbH, Forschungszentrum Informatik, Fraunhofer IWU, Itemis AG, Neusta aerospace GmbH, OHB Systems AG, Radius Media KG, ScopeSET Technology Deutschland GmbH, Valispace GmbH, ZARM Technik AG, Data Machine Intelligence Solutions GmbH

Application Field: Space Robotics



Mixed Integer Model Predictive Control for a free-floating platform with binary and continuous actuation
Franek Stark, Shubham Vyas, Georg Schildbach, Frank Kirchner
In Proceedings of the 2024 CEAS EuroGNC conference, (EuroGNC-2024), 11.6.-13.6.2024, Bristol, CEAS, 2024.
Gait Analysis and Control of Rimless Wheel Rovers for Planetary Exploration
Dennis Schlee, Shubham Vyas, Raúl Domínguez, Frank Kirchner
In International Conference on Space Robotics, (iSpaRo-2024), 24.6.-27.6.2024, Luxembourg, o. A., Neumünster Abbey, 2024.


LQR for Free-Floating Robots: Theory and Experiments
Shubham Vyas, Lasse Shala, Anton Bredenbeck
In 17th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, (ASTRA-2023), 18.10.-20.10.2023, Leiden, ESA, 2023. ESA.

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