GITAI Japan, Inc. (CEO: Sho Nakanose, Meguro-ku, Tokyo), a space robotics startup, has been selected and awarded a grant, FY2020 “Program to Support Ventures for Developing Space Components” by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). GITAI has started the development of a robotic arm with high performance and maintainability for extravehicular environment.
In recent years, as the world competition for space development and space resources acquisition intensifies, the demand for space operations, such as the development of a Mars base and lunar base, space debris retrieval, and ISS/Community Space Station in-flight operations, has been increasing rapidly. However, astronauts, the only ones who can work in space, are very costly and pose a high safety risk such as exposure to space radiation.
GITAI has been developing robots to substitute for in-vehicle operations and the project will also contribute to cost reduction and further advancement of space development by developing a maintainable robotic arm that can be operated for a long period of time for the extravehicular environment. The purpose of this project is to research and develop the motor module of the external robotic arm for space use by developing an electrical system with radiation resistance, a modularized drive unit, and testing its environmental resistance.
About Program to Support Ventures for Developing Space Components
The goal of this project is to enhance the competitiveness of Japan’s space equipment industry by utilizing technology seeds possessed by small and medium-sized companies, startups, and other organizations, and by partially supporting research and development related to the development of satellites and other space parts and components, thereby expanding the range of the space equipment industry and achieving higher reliability and lower costs for satellites and other equipment.
About the project: JP / EN
For FY2020: JP only
GITAI is a space robotics start-up developing robots that can answer the demand for tasks to be conducted in various realms of space, with a goal to reduce the cost of space labor by 100 times. Focusing on:
1.IVA and EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) tasks on space stations;
2.Tasks related to OOS satellites (Docking, refueling, and repairs of existing satellites; debris removal);
3.Various tasks for lunar exploration and lunar base construction;
GITAI will develop robots that can work in the harsh space environment and conduct any kind of task required by the customer. This in turn will bring about a true dawn of the space commercialization age.
Company: GITAI Inc. (US HQ), GITAI Japan (Japan subsidiary)
CEO: Mr. Sho Nakanose
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