GITAI Japan, Inc. (Ota-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Mr. Sho Nakanose), developing general-purpose robots for space applications, conducted a technology demonstration of a GITAI autonomous space robot executing various tasks inside the ISS (International Space Station) Nanoracks Bishop Airlock between October 13-16, CST.
As a result, we are pleased to announce that the GITAI autonomous space robot “S1” has successfully completed all planned activities.
■Footage featuring the S1 GITAI autonomous space robot’s technology demonstration inside the ISS
■Details of the GITAI ISS Technology Demonstration
In collaboration with US commercial space company Nanoracks, GITAI has conducted a tech demo of a GITAI autonomous space robot executing various tasks inside the ISS Nanoracks Bishop Airlock between October 13-16, CST.
GITAI is responsible for the development of the S1 autonomous space robot, and Nanoracks provided the launch opportunity, on-orbit operations, and data downlink.
NASA was in charge of launching the GITAI S1 to the ISS and installing it (by NASA astronauts) inside the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock. In this technology demonstration, the GITAI S1 autonomous space robot was installed inside the ISS Nanoracks Bishop Airlock and succeeded in executing two tasks: assembling structures and panels for In-Space Assembly (ISA ), and operating switches & cables for Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA).
All operations were perfectly executed autonomously by the GITAI S1 space robot.
Additionally, IVA activities such as switch & cable operations were also conducted by remote control or “teleoperations” from the Nanoracks mission control center (“BRIDGE”) in Houston.
GITAI will apply the general-purpose autonomous space robotics technology, know-how, and experience acquired through this tech demo to develop extra-vehicular robotics (EVR) that can execute docking, repair, and maintenance tasks for On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) or conduct various activities for lunar exploration and lunar base construction.
■Summary of the GITAI technical demonstration on NASA’s official website
GITAI S1 Robotic Arm Tech Demo
GITAI is a space robotics startup that aims to provide an inexpensive and safe means of working in space.
In 2040, GITAI will be an equal partner with the world’s leading space launch companies, providing inexpensive and safe labor to build cities on the Moon and Mars, and space colonies.
They provide the transportation; we provide the work.
They lower the cost of transportation; we lower the cost of work.
GITAI is developing a general-purpose work robot for space use that can perform the following tasks inexpensively and safely.
1) EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) tasks on space stations
2) Docking, mission extension, repair, and maintenance work for on-orbit servicing (life extension to satellite / space debris removal)
3) Various tasks for lunar exploration and lunar base construction
GITAI is planning to perform a technical demonstration inside the ISS (International Space Station) scheduled for 2021 summer.
Company: GITAI Japan, Inc. (Japan HQ) / GITAI USA Inc. (US subsidiary)
CEO: Mr. Sho Nakanose
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