FAIR-SPACE Facilities & equipment
Orbital Test Bed:
This facility is used to test and develop the next generation in machine vision and robotic grasping of orbital objects.
Planetary Test Bed:
This facility is used to test and develop the next generation in low-g environment locomotion and drilling with realistic regolith simulants.
Orbital Test Bed
The orbital test bed has access to two laboratories, one 30m2 and the other 60m2 in area. To simulate the grasping and subsequent capture of the space objects the facility is equipped with a range of hardware:
The orbital test bed has access to high performance workstations equipped with the latest in robotics software. The in-house team regularly use the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) to simulate, visualize and validate all experimental test campaigns.
Case Study: Estimating the pose of a satellite
In-house software has been developed, based on the UnReal Engine, that enables the user to simulate and capture photo-realistic images of user defined models in orbit. This software is currently being used to test Deep Learning algorithms for estimating the pose of satellites.
planetary test bed
The planetary test bed has access to a 23m2 ’dirty’ laboratory where mechanisms and payloads requiring exposure to Martian and Lunar regoliths is important. The following equipment is available:
The users of this test bed have access to a variety of general purpose software pro- grams e.g. MATLAB & Simulink for simulations and analysis of data and SolidWorks for CAD modeling.
Case Study: EDEM Software
We also have our own license to the specialist Discrete Element Modeling software eDEM. This is used to simulate the action of our mechanisms and payloads on and inside different regoliths. Such software is of course supported by High Performance Computers.
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