Robotics demonstration paves the way for commercial operations in space
DENVER, July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nano racksPowered by Traveler areatoday announced its second Bishop lock assignments with GITAI, a Japanese space robotics startup. The project, marking the two companies’ second collaboration, will involve demonstrating “S2”, GITAI’s 1.5 meter class skillful robotic systemon the Bishop Airlock – the first permanent commercial platform added to the International Space Station.
In 2021, Nanoracks and GITAI succeed completed their first mission, demonstrating how, by taking advantage of the Bishop airlock, a GITAI robot can perform multipurpose tasks such as in-space maintenance, assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) and help save valuable time for astronauts by robotically managing the necessary crew activities. The second mission will demonstrate an expansion of these capabilities. ISAM tasks will be demonstrated at a site hosted externally on the Bishop airlock and are intended to showcase GITAI’s ability to deliver durable extravehicular robotic systems in a space environment. This mission will use a full cycle of opening-closing the Bishop airlock
“This mission is a key step towards the commercialization of LEO enabling the public and private sectors to achieve robust and high-performance robotics in space,” said Dr. Amela Wilson, CEO of Nanoracks. “We look forward to completing a successful demonstration of GITAI’s space robotics technology.”
Notably, the latest technical demonstration of GITAI will be essential to show how business activities could be carried out on starlabNanoracks and Voyager planned a free-flying commercial space station with continuous crew, for payloads and other potentially necessary maintenance.
“Missions like this allow the Nanoracks team to test and execute space station operations that will be critical to customer success on Starlab,” Wilson continues. “The International Space Station is a testbed that continues to provide unparalleled opportunities for Nanoracks to master performing activities in space, and we are grateful for NASA’s continued support on the ISS today.” today and the integration of new commercial space stations.”
“There are a tremendous number of applications in space that our robotic arm can be used for, including in-orbit servicing and lunar exploration, and we are delighted to be able to partner with Nanoracks again,” said declared Sho Nakanose, founder and CEO of GITAI. “Our vision is to provide an affordable and safe way to work in space, and this opportunity on the Bishop Airlock brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
For more information on the Nanoracks Bishop airlock, visit: https://nanoracks.com/bishop-airlock/
Nanoracks, powered by Voyager Space, is a global leader in the provision of commercial space services. Nanoracks owns and operates private hardware on the International Space Station and has launched more than 1,300 research experiments, deployed more than 300 small satellites, and installed the Bishop airlock. Today, Nanoracks leverages over a decade of experience to develop new commercial space systems in direct response to customer needs. These space systems include converting the upper stages of commercial launch vehicles into functional secondary platforms, building new habitable space stations, providing payload and crew airlock systems and service infrastructure, and more. .
About the Voyager Space
Voyager Space is a space technology company dedicated to building a better future for humanity in space and on Earth. With nearly 20 years of spaceflight experience and over 1500 successful missions to date July 2022Voyager provides space station infrastructure and services and technology solutions to commercial users, government civil and national security agencies, academic and research institutions, and more, with the goal of accelerating a sustainable space economy.
GITAI is a space robotics startup that aims to provide an affordable and safe way to work in space. GITAI develops general-purpose space robots that can perform inexpensive and safe operations of the following activities:
- EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) and IVA (Intra-Vehicular Activity) on space stations
- Docking, mission extension, maintenance and repairs for ISAM (satellite maintenance and space debris removal)
- Tasks related to lunar exploration and construction of the moon base
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