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Robotics for Remote Manipulation Activities in Space & on Earth

  • European Space Agency Fermi Avenue Harwell, Didcot, England, OX11 0FD United Kingdom (map)

Hosted by FAIR-SPACE and Thales Alenia Space

A workshop to develop collaborative partnerships to address current challenges for space-related robotic remote manipulation & handling.

About the Event

In space robotics is a nascent space market and one which is set to be highly disruptive both for commercial opportunities and space exploration. On earth, robotics for remote manipulation or handling is being developed for many applications including nuclear decommissioning, telesurgery or subsurface disposal.

To ensure that UK robotics for space applications (both in space and on earth) remains highly competitive, we need to address some industry inspired challenges linked to the management of persistent space assets, the collection and handling of planetary samples, or robotic activities for the Cis-Lunar economy.

Who should attend?

If you are carrying out research into robotics in this area, have robotics products or services that enable remote handling, or are interested in collaborating with others to tackle an in space remote manipulation or handling challenge, and think robotics can help then then please join us to discuss the future for robotics remote manipulation.

Looking to robotics solutions being developed in other sectors such as nuclear, marine/maritime and off-shore may also help the space sector to secure its ambitions so if you are working in a non-space application, but think it is applicable, this is also of great interest to us, so please do join us.

Event Agenda

10.30 Arrival and Refreshments

11.00 Introductions:

In-Space Robotics : About FAIR-SPACE - Ann Swift, Partnership Manager, FAIR-SPACE Hub.

On Earth Robotics for Space : MSRF RM Breadboard Background & Future Development - John Vrublevskis, Planetary Engineering Specialist, Thales Alenia Space

11.15 Spotlight on current capabilities in the room - 2 slide, 5 minute pitches from those present to outline their current work and what they would like to achieve in the future

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Group Discussion

14.45 Feedback from Discussion

15.00 Next Steps; Opportunities for Funding

15.30 End of Meeting

Please note:

Spotlight Presentations Please note that we have up to 24 Spotlight slots available which will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once your registration has been processed, you will be sent further information about how and when to submit your slides. In order to be fair to all participants, adherence to the 5 minute presentation time will be strictly imposed.

Group Discussions

We anticipate the group discussions will enable consortium building and the development of new R&D ideas.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please email Ann Swift, Partnership Manager, FAIR-SPACE Hub at


Click here to register free via our Eventbrite page.