Robotics and Servicing

SSL is a world leading provider of space robotics solutions, and has the ability to build on robotics technologies proven on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Mars lander and rovers.



   

Dragonfly

  • Dragonfly enables larger and more powerful satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled to be packaged in pieces within a standard launch vehicle fairing
  • DARPA Seedling/NASA Tipping Point Project – The first step in changing the GEO infrastructure paradigm
  • On-orbit robotic assembly from efficiently stowed state
    • Lower satellite mass while enabling higher satellite performance
    • Commercial and government applications
    • Initial focus on installation and reconfiguration of large antenna reflectors
  • Technology could enable more complex in-orbit assembly as part of future commercial and government missions

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RSGS (Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites)

  • SSL was selected to partner with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • RSGS brought to market through Public-Private Partnership
  • RSGS enables
    • Ultra-close inspection
    • Repair of mechanical anomalies
    • Installation of attachable payloads
    • Refueling
  • Servicer performs multiple missions
  • Can dock with nearly any satellite
  • Commercial and government customers can maintain and upgrade space assets in GEO
    • Unprecedented flexibility in fleet management and capital deployment
    • Scheduled for launch in 2021
    • SIS to provide commercial servicing. For more information, click here.

     

     


Servicing in LEO: Restore-L

  • SSL is providing spacecraft bus to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for Restore-L
    • Demonstrate the ability to extend the life of a satellite in LEO
    • Robotics to grasp, refuel, and relocate an existing U.S. government satellite
  • Technologies developed for Restore-L are expected to support future government and commercial missions
  • SSL also providing:
    • Critical hardware
    • Services for deployment and operations
    • Scheduled to launch in 2020

     

     


MDA Mars Robotics Experience


Mars 01' Mars Exploration Rovers Phoenix Mars Science Laboratory Insight

 

4 DOF Delivered 1999 5 DOF Launched 2003 4 DOF Launched 2007 5 DOF Launched 2011 4 DOF Launch Date 2018




Future Spaceflight Missions

  • NASA Mars 2020
  • NASA Restore-L
  • DARPA RSGS