PERASPERA is a H2020 project which aims at developing a road-map of activities for a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) for In Space Robotics Technologies and it has been active since 2016 through a series of operational grants.
The overall objective of the SRC is to deliver key eagling technologies and demonstrate autonomous robotic systems at a significant scale as key elements for On Orbit satellite servicing and planetary exploration.
Per aspera (ad astra) is Latin for "through hardships to the stars", so whilst on orbit autonomous robotic systems may not be an easy challenge already the operational grants have delivered, or are delivering 11 operational grants which have or will produce designs and breadboards of space robotics applications, making use of the building blocks to showcase the increased performance and lower cost of missions making use of space robotics. To overcome some of the obstacles for a broader application of robotics in space missions these concept studies cover not only the robotics aspects, but also the impacts on the servicing objects, like the satellite design or the design of the robotic carrier.
In spite of Brexit, of course, there is still an opportunity for the FAIR-SPACE Hub to bid into the next phase of funding on this programme, soon to be released, and so our Innovation & Partnership Manager was invited to attend the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day and Brokerage Event on the 12 and 13 September at the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) in Prague. This two day event gave the Hub an opportunity to learn about the H2020 Space Calls 2020, and meet inspired and motivated people keen to partner on proposals to develop ideas for future projects.
For more information on the H2020 calls visit https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/space and if you are interested in partnering with the FAIR-SPACE Hub on any future calls please do get in touch. Please also be aware of the UKRI Fact Sheet for Brexit, click here to view.
(Left) Prague Astronomical Clock. (Right) GSA’s headquarters in Prague