Darpa wants to develop robots for repair satellites

Mar

29

2016

Darpa, the military research arm of the US government, has unveiled an idea for repair of satellites that are in orbit around the Earth. A special satellite ‘robot hands “should carry out the repairs.

The concept is called, developed by DARPA Robotic Servicing or Geosynchronous Satellites, or RSGS briefly. On a blog explains the organization of how the proposal is put together: jointly with a commercial partner needs to be designed a type of satellite which has the capacity to repair other satellites. are for this purpose ‘robot hands’ are present and are attached to the satellite. Darpa has released an image on which a draft version of the repair satellite outlined.

As part of the proposal gets a commercial company access to robotics Darpa, both hardware and software, and the launch of the so-called robotic servicing vehicle is provided by the US government. Subsequently, the company is responsible for the organization of missions in order to repair satellites, making it thus acts as a kind of local service company.

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The robot hand developed by DARPA has been given the name Frend and is able to take up different tools. With the aid of a plurality of sensors would be able to carry out Frend then automatically repairs. Repair Satellites may have several of these robot hands on board. Moreover, the existing technology is here: Frend has already unveiled several years ago.

With RSGS Americans thus have the opportunity to send along a repairman at satellites that are not functioning properly. Thereby satellites could be often kept operational if something goes wrong. Darpa also suggests that new types of space vehicles as possible, as they can be fitted in the space of upgrades. The intention is that the plans are translated within five years to practice, but it is not known whether there are already attracted commercial partners.

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