Underwater Demonstrator for Autonomous In-Orbit Assembly of Large Structures

Christian Ernst Siegfried Koch, Marko Jankovic, Sankaranarayanan Natarajan, Shubham Vyas, Wiebke Brinkmann, Vincent Bissonnette, Thierry Germa, Alessio Turetta, Frank Kirchner

In: Robotics and Automation in Space 2020. International Symposium on Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS-2020) October 19-23 Online n.n. 10/2020.


The PULSAR project aims to develop key-technologies to enable the autonomous assembly of large structures in space. Similar to industrial appli-cations, the assembly process relies on robotic sys-tems capable of assembling modular elements to form a complex structure. However, the in-space assembly provides exceptional challenges necessitat-ing innovation in fields such as free-floating manipu-lation and autonomous robotics. This paper provides details on the PULSAR project and, more specifical-ly, on a hardware-in-the-loop demonstrator dLSAF-FE, developed to show the assembly process of a large telescope mirror in a micro-gravity environ-ment.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence