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Project | PRO-ACT (OG11)

Planetary RObots Deployed for Assembly and Construction Tasks

Planetary RObots Deployed for Assembly and Construction Tasks


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Konzept der kooperativen Montage einer ISRU-Anlage mit 3 robotischen Systemen (Mantis, IBIS und einem fahrbaren Portal)


Mantis in Manipulationsposition

The primary objective of PRO-ACT is to implement and demonstrate multi-robot collaborative planning and manipulation capabilities in a lunar construction context, relying on extending and integrating the outcomes of the PERASPERA operational grants (OGs) – OG1 ESROCOS, OG2 ERGO, OG3 InFuse, OG4 I3DS, OG5 SIROM – with a focus on: (1) enabling assembly of an In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) plant on the moon as precursor to human settlement and (2) partial assembly of a mobile gantry which can also be used for 3D printing building elements for assembly and construction of human habitats, and address the critical concern of dust mitigation.

In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) enables sustainability in space exploration through the harnessing of resources that are available in space in order to create products and services for robotic exploration, human exploration and for commercial purposes.

The European Space Agency is preparing a mission to demonstrate the feasibility of ISRU on the Moon.

Such ISRU plants, would serve as a source of water and oxygen, enabling human outposts, and for delivery of hydrogen and oxygen fuel to various locations in cis-lunar space.

Towards this objective, the PRO-ACT project aims to demonstrate a novel approach of deploying multiple robots to work towards achieving common goals by cooperative goal decomposition, cooperative mission planning and execution cooperative manipulation for transport and assembly of the ISRU Pilot Plant and its supporting infrastructure.

DFKI will support the multi-robot collaboration within the planetary construction scenario with the six-legged robotic system Mantis by considering and implementation of the outcomes of the previous OGs 1-5 in PERASPERA.

PRO-ACT is part of the project “PER ASPERA (ad ASTRA)” (Latin meaning “Through hardships to the stars”), which is funded by a grant by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 Programme.


  • Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
  • GMV Aerospace and Defence SA, Spain
  • Przemyslowy Instytut Automatyki i Pomiarow PIAP, Poland
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, France
  • City, University of London, Great Britain
  • AVS added Value Industrial Engineering Solutions SLU, Spain
  • La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies SL, Spain
  • Thales Alenia Space, Great Britain

Contact Person

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Wiebke Brinkmann

Publications about the project

  1. Building a Lunar Infrastructure with the Help of a Heterogeneous (Semi)Autonomous Multi-Robot-Team

    Shashank Govindaraj; Wiebke Brinkmann; Francisco Javier Colmenero; Irene Sanz Nieto; Alexandru But; Matteo De Benedetti; Leon Cedric Danter; Mercedes Alonso; Enrique Heredia; Simon Lacroix; Dominik Kleszczynski; Joseph Purnell; Kevin Picton; Nabil Aouf; Luis Lopes

    In: In Proc. of. 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021, (IAC-2021). International Astronautical Congress (IAC-2021), October 25-29, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, n.n. 10/2021.


EU - European Union

EU Finanzierung, Horizon 2020 PERASPERA

EU - European Union