PickNik Robotics announced that it recently won two contracts, a SpaceWERX contract to work on robotics for the US Space Force and a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract, as well as funding the Colorado Advanced Industrial Accelerator. (AIA) for the robotics space.
The company’s contract with SpaceWERX, the innovation arm of the US Space Force and part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, involves PickNik Robotics helping to develop innovative control capabilities for capturing assets. space in orbit. PickNik will work with the Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group at the University of Texas at Austin and will focus on using the robotic arms to capture and maneuver objects in orbit for servicing, mounting missions space assembly and manufacturing (ISAM).
PickNik’s MoveIt Space software, which combines motion planning and control software with an intuitive user interface, will also be used to make it easier for ground operators to coordinate autonomous robots in operations. The application works in and out of the planet.
NASA’s contract with the company will advance the work the company has done with NASA on supervised autonomy. The goal of NASA and PickNik is to allow operators to give high-level instructions to the robot about things like opening station module doors, cabinets, and drawers, as well as interacting with objects like valves, knobs and switch.
Dr Mark Moll, Research Director at PickNik Robotics said: “Improving safety and reducing the cost of spaceflight via robotics is critically important and these three wins will enable us to support that effort”. “In addition to our MoveIt Space and MoveIt Studio software, we have more than 40 employees at PickNik Robotics, with 363 years of robotics experience, who are ready to help organizations of all types seize huge opportunities for opportunity. about ‘space’.
PickNik, with a Phase I SBIR contract, will develop machine learning models to help robots understand and execute these high-level commands. The company previously received a SBIR Phase II contract to develop advanced planning capabilities for robots operating in microgravity environments, such as aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The company received a Colorado AIA grant from the Colorado Bureau of International Economics and Trade for its work on the space robot.
“These three wins further validate our work in space robotics, a key area of focus for our company,” said Dr Dave Coleman, CEO of PickNik Robotics. “We look forward to working with the Space Force, NASA and other space economic organizations to help them navigate the complexity and potential of robotics, especially robotic arms, in this field.”
Earlier this year, PickNik released the MoveIt Studio development platform and the MoveIt Studio SDK. Platforms and SDKs help robotics and software engineering build, debug, and operate complex robotics projects.
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