Companies exploring ground testing of robotics to support space mineral processing to remove space debris
Boulder, Colo.And the November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PickNik botsa leading provider of robotics software and engineering services, today announced its collaboration with CisLunar Industries, an aerospace technology company that processes minerals in space. The companies will explore how PickNik’s MoveIt™ Space program for robotic arms can help CisLunar accurately feed mineral materials into Modular Space Foundry’s space-based mineral processing system. The workflows will include dismantling, processing, transporting, and transporting simulated or actual metal debris into pieces of the appropriate size and shape to be fed into a space mineral processing system. The purpose is to support the processing and removal of space debris.
PickNik Robotics MoveIt Space technology makes it easy for ground operators to coordinate modular, autonomous robots in IVA (intra-articular activity) and EVA (extra-articular activity) applications. It does this by integrating the best planning and motion control software with an easy to use user interface.
CisLunar Industries’ modular aerospace foundry can receive metal and process it into base metal products for the Aerospace Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM) service markets. It can also process it into a metal propellant for space logistics. The company demonstrated a ground prototype in 2021 and continues research and development of related technologies.
d said Dave Coleman, CEO of PickNik Robotics. “It is with great pleasure that we partner with CisLunar, a company that is passionate about developing solutions to help clear up the growing amounts of space debris.”
“CisLunar Industries laser focuses on mineral processing in space,” he said. Gary CallanCEO, CisLunar Industries. “This collaboration with PickNik will help improve the use of robots in the critical mission of space debris handling.”
The PickNik Robotics team has first-hand experience with the Robonaut 2, OSAM-1, and OSAM-2 programs and has successfully completed several NASA SBIRs with Johnson Space Center. He also recently won an additional award NASA contract and a new space force contract. Late March 2022PickNik Robotics announced that it was cooperate with Sierra Space on robotics for space habitats and deep space missions.
PickNik Robotics and CisLunar Industries share a common vision of a robust and dynamic industrial space economy.
CisLunar Industries is a space technology company that converts space debris and other on-site materials into a resource to accelerate the industrial revolution in space. CisLunar’s Modular Space Foundry (MSF) is a distributed mineral processing capability consisting of numerous, small, low-cost modular processing units that receive mineral feedstocks and process them into basic metal products for Space Services, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM), as well as into space transportation and logistics propellants . MSF is a non-specific platform and can be deployed in locations and in quantities necessary to match raw material supplies and product demand. CisLunar has shown a ground-based prototype in 2021 and sees a path for a commercially available system in the 2023-2025 timeframe. Learn more through www.cislunarindustries.com.
About PickNik robots
PickNik Robotics helps companies address the technical, cost and time challenges associated with developing advanced robotic applications. Major robotics organizations, such as NASA, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and many others, have partnered with PickNik to develop robotic applications. PickNik also supports and collaborates with the worldwide open source robotics movement and is the lead developer of MoveIt. Founded in 2015, PickNik is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. More info at www.picknik.ai
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