Space robot in the media

Space robot in the media

Today, Jason Kanigan interviewed me on his great show “Make Space Boring.” I love the title of that show: it lays out a vision of space operations being as routine as commercial airline flights and next-day Amazon Prime deliveries. Jason wanted to ask me...
Space robotics is gathering steam

Space robotics is gathering steam

The online journal Robotics and Automation News has just published their article “Space robotics market to boldly go beyond $3 billion by 2025.” You can view it here: Space robotics market to boldly go beyond $3 billion by 2025 The article is a great...
The Defense Department wants space logistics vehicles

The Defense Department wants space logistics vehicles

Robots can do a lot of useful things in space. But to make them even more useful, there needs to be a cheap, convenient way of getting things TO the robots: modules, spare parts, tools, propellant. The Defense Innovation Unit, a small agency inside DoD, has just asked...
Robots will build an antenna in space

Robots will build an antenna in space

The world is demanding more and more data every year. Communications are a growth area. The growth in Internet bandwidth has been over 20% per year, 26% recently. That’s a tripling of data rate every 5 years. Every type of communications system is going to be...
New space robotics projects around the world

New space robotics projects around the world

Two new space robotics efforts announced recently: The US company Made in Space is teamed with the Luxembourg Space Agency to develop a new, low-cost, general purpose robotic arm for space applications: Made In Space Europe wins win ESA contract to develop inexpensive...
Without in-orbit servicing, the losses mount

Without in-orbit servicing, the losses mount

Large satellites are “folded up” so they will fit inside their launch vehicle’s fairing (“nose cone”) when they are launched. Things that are folded include the solar panels, which will power the satellite during its life, and antennas,...