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Pushing the limits of Space robotics

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 14 Mar 2023 16:30-17:50

Organisers: Miguel Olivares-Mendez, Carlos Perez del Pulgar, Thomas Voegel, David Rodriguez

Main questions to be answered: What are the biggest challenges on Space Robotics?,What is the expected autonomy level requested by companies and space agencies?,How terrestrial applications can get benefit by the advancements in Space Robotics and viceversa?

Additional questions: What are the limitations that avoid to reach a higher autonomy level

Additional questions 2: How terrestrial applications can get benefi t by the advancements in Space Robotics and viceversa?

Workshop Description: Space exploration and operations are turning into a new and exciting direction based on the recent discoveries on lunar and space resources, the advancements in satellite technologies and their potential services, and the need for sustainable use of Earth orbits. New companies are emerging around the world, while traditional space companies are creating new divisions to tackle these new opportunities. Parallelly, in academia, Scientists around the world are becoming more focused on these new Space challenges. In this Workshop, we would like to present and discuss with the attendance where are the current challenges in Space Robotics and what autonomy level is needed by companies and space agencies to deal with the current new space operations they are interested in coping. Additionally, we will discuss cross-polonization between terrestrial extreme and Space environments. We will develop a roadmap using collaborative tools to define the new challenges and the need to increase the TRL of Space robotics technologies. In addition, we will define how current terrestrial developments can be utilised in future space missions, such as dextrous manipulation, immersive teleoperation, reliable and explainable AI, trustworthy human-robot interaction, Digital-twin, high-fidelity simulators and cutting-edge ground facilities, fault tolerance robotics and robustness and collective intelligence.

Intended Outcome: Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Contributors: Prof. Dr. Miguel Olivares-Mendez, University of Luxembourg (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Carlos Perez del Pulgar, University of Malaga (confirmed), Dr. Thomas Voegel, DFKI, (confirmed), Dr. David Rodriguez, EPFL (confirmed), Dr. Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETHZ (confirmed), Prof. Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Ventura, U. Lisboa (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Christian Ott, TU Wien (confirmed), Prof. Dr. Simon Bøgh, Aalborg University (confirmed), Jaroslaw Jarorski, RedWire (confirmed), Julien Lamamy, ispace (confirmed), Robert Mahoney, Neurospace (invited), Dan Isaac, OFFWORLD (confirmed), Julian Cyrus, Lunar Outpost (invited).