The FAIR-SPACE Hub aims to go beyond the state of the art in robotic sensing and perception, mobility and manipulation, on-board and on-ground autonomous capabilities, and human-robot interactions, to enable space robots to perform complex tasks on long-duration missions with minimal dependence on ground crew.
The core R&D programme underpins user-inspired challenges, and will see novel technologies being demonstrated via industry defined and led use cases, representing future space mission scenarios:
Orbital robots for repairing satellites, assembling large space telescopes, manufacturing in space, and removing space debris.
Planetary robots for surveying, observing, extracting resources, and deploying infrastructure for human arrival and habitation.
Interoperability between astronauts and robots aboard the International Space Station or for the future Moon Village mission, for example through wearable technologies in future generation spacesuit.
The research will merge the best available off-the-shelf hardware and software solutions with trail-blazing innovations and new standards and frameworks, leading to a constellation of space robotic prototypes and tools (the first set of prototypes due to be delivered by mid-2019). The Hub will accelerate the prototyping of autonomous solutions in a scalable way, so that the innovations and methodologies developed can be rapidly spun out for adoption across the space sector worldwide.