Robotic Architecture and Operational Concept for In-Space Assembly and Servicing Missions
In 16th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, (ASTRA-2022), 1.6.-2.6.2022, Noordwijk, ESA Publications Division-ESTEC, ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1
2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands, May/2022. ESA Conference Bureau / ATPI Corporate Events.
The future of spaceflight will relay more and more on robotic systems. These systems will enable the next generation of spacecraft's infrastructure and services in orbit. The European Union has implemented an ambitious program to demonstrate in orbit how those technologies will be of use to realize robotic systems needed to support in-space manufacturing, assembly and servicing. The PERIOD project is developing the needed building blocks further and preparing an in orbit demonstration hosted on the Bartolomeo platform outside of the Columbus module. This paper provides a description of the PERIOD mission, its robotic architecture and the operations concept to demonstrate the assembly of a reflector in orbit and the reconfiguration of a small satellite.
space robotics, on-orbit servicing, in-space manufacturing