Subscribe

Select Topics

Posts by Tag

See all

Latest Blog Post

DEOS: A Robot Services Defective Satellites to Prevent Space Debris

Olivier Grenier-Lafond
by Olivier Grenier-Lafond. Last updated on Feb 19, 2016 4:56 PM
Posted on Sep 24, 2014 1:15 PM. 2 min read time

deos satellites resized 600Automation and robotics are key technologies for future space activities. In the near future intelligent robots will inspect, maintain, service, refuel, retool and if necessary dispose of satellites. Such satellite On-Orbit-Servicing (OOS) capabilities will help to prolong the lifetime of satellites. Furthermore, scheduled maintenance will help prevent satellites from malfunctions, so that they don't add to the existing space debris problem and become another piece of space debris.

DEOS (DEutsche Orbitale Servicing Mission), will be where Germany places its path-breaking space robotics efforts for the foreseeable future. The project is going to prepare and verify a bundle of innovative enabling robotics technologies for future satellite maintenance and advanced satellite servicing. Under the project, a wide range of technologies relating to inspection, maintenance, capture, and assembly are being developed and tested in order to prepare them for future missions in space.

Robotiq Adaptive Gripper on SatelliteThe program is working on a minimum of two specific satellites that will be injected into a near-Earth orbit. A comprehensive experimental program will be conducted which covers all necessary tasks for a satellite servicing mission. The complexity of the demonstration program is going to be increased gradually over the operational mission phase. The proposed core spacecraft maneuvers to be performed by the servicing spacecraft include: far rendezvous, close approach, inspection fly around, and formation flight. 

The DEOS project aims to demonstrate, for the first time, technologies for the controlled in-orbit disposal of a defective satellite. Remember we are talking about space here, so environmental conditions will be very onerous. Yet, the 3-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper was chosen for these manipulations thanks to its robustness and flexibility. We look forward to seeing how our Gripper can help with the space debris problem and will keep you posted as the project progresses.

To learn more about R&D projects incorporating Robotiq products, download for free our eBook.

Innovative robotic r&d projects robotiq

Leave a comment

Olivier Grenier-Lafond
As sales and marketing coordinator at Robotiq, Olivier focuses on media relations, digital marketing and bringing useful and educational content about robotics to the industry. He wants to prove to the world that integrating robots in your shop is really easier than you think. And less dangerous!
Connect with the writer:
http://robotiq.com

Related posts

How to capture sharper images of moving objects

So you’d like to count or inspect moving objects?  Here are a few tips that might help you out.

You can work with a few...

Audrey Boucher-Genesse
By Audrey Boucher-Genesse - May 7, 2020
Surface Finishing: The Essential Guide for Busy People

Surface finishing makes the difference between a quality product and a bargain-bin reject. This guide explains how to choose...

Alex Owen-Hill
By Alex Owen-Hill - February 22, 2020
Giving Sight to my Robots Skyrocketed my Production

In June 2014, I purchased my first collaborative robot. At that time I was a one-man shop and I was hoping my first “employee”...

Jay Pierson
By Jay Pierson - January 15, 2020