GMV leads an ambitious campaign of space robotics trials

Since mid-September the technology multinational GMV has been taking part in the final field tests of the projects included under the European Commission’s (H2020) Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) programme. These tests are due to run until December 15th.

GMV is leading 3 of these technology building blocks: the European Space Robotics Control and Operating System-OG1 (ESROCOS ), centering on the creation of operational software capable of controlling a space robotics system in all mission phases; the European Robotics Goal-Oriented Autonomous Controller-OG2 (ERGO), the block designed to develop an ambitious goal oriented autonomy system for planning, scheduling and overseeing the execution of elementary activities of surface and orbital robotics systems; and Facilities for Testing Orbital and Surface Robotics Building Blocks-OG6 (FACILITATORS), for providing the orbital and planetary scenarios for the rest of the projects, including the preparation of facilities for validation of robotics systems and the organization of field testing campaigns.

In September the Test Readiness Reviews (TRR) of the three projects were conducted; this marked the completion of the software-development and -integration activities and the start of the field test campaign led by the FACILITATORS project, which will validate the framework of the projects in scenarios representative of space robotics.

GMV’s platform-art© testbed is playing a key role in on orbit-servicing scenarios validation: ESROCOS framework simulated there the inspection of a berthed satellite using a robotic manipulator equipped with a camera. ERGO ran its orbital scenario field tests on GMV’s platform-art©. The tests involved the repair of an artificial satellite in orbit (the target), using a service spacecraft (chaser) that approached the satellite to repair it by means of a robotic arm. The I3DS project, led by Thales Alenia Space, also validated its technologies inGMV’s platform-art© testbed. The suite of sensors developed in this project has been tested under conditions representing an in-orbit servicing scenario, using a mock up with realistic details and the testbed’s mobile lighting system, which provided many different lighting angles.
The Moroccan desert, as a Mars-like terrain, is chosen as the terrestrial validation scenario of space robotics technologies.

Finally, from mid-November to mid-December the northern tip of the Sahara desert in Morocco staged the final tests of ERGO and INFUSE (the latter led by the Belgian firm Space Application Services). In this field test campaign, held under the FACILITATORS project and coordinated by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, DFKI), the robotics technologies developed under SRC PERASPERA will be tested outside the laboratories. The robotic platform in charge of field testing the technology developed by both projects will be the Rover SherpaTT, a desert veteran.

Mié, 21/11/2018 - 16:01