The Satellite Applications Catapult, which aims to drive the take-up of space technologies, has introduced the Advanced Mechanics Assistance System (AMAS) virtual reality (VR) teleoperation solution to remotely operate a robot.
The system has been introduced to its upgraded testbed at its In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing facility, which was developed to help verify, validate and demonstrate future in-orbit operations. This includes manufacturing, servicing, inspection, repair and assembly applications.
The technology is intended for use in future space missions and was provided by Extend Robotics.
Site staff have used the system to remotely operate the UR10e from Universal Robots at the company’s testing facility.
Integration of the AMAS system now means this and similar operations can be tested and refined to ensure their efficiency and reliability for real space environments.
One of the key features of the facility is its in-orbit simulation robots equipped with digital twin capabilities. The creation of digital models facilitates detailed analysis, monitoring and optimisation of in-orbit operations.
Such capabilities, by improving precision and control, can enhance safety and efficiency during space missions.
By providing verification, validation and demonstration of critical in-orbit operations, the catapult hopes to enable seamless manufacturing, servicing, inspection, repair and assembly processes in space.
Jeremy Hadall, robotics development lead at Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “[Overall, the product, packaging and training were great and we’re really looking forward to extending its use within our facility.]”
The AMAS software from Extend is designed to enable operators to manage a single or multiple fleet/s of robots and to allow them to supervise and intervene when needed.
The Catapult Network is a network of technology and innovation centres established by Innovate UK, which is funded by UK Research & Innovation and the UK government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.