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FACILITATORS participated in the 2nd and 3rd April, 2019, the 3rd PERASPERA workshop

The 2nd and 3rd April, 2019, the 3rd PERASPERA workshop “Plan the European Roadmap and its Activities for Space Exploitation of Robotics and Autonomy“ was held at BOZAR, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, in Brussels (Belgium).

The workshop was organized as a consultation event bringing together members of the institutions, industry and academy to discuss the next phase of the Space Robotics Technology roadmap, the preparation of the space robotics activities in the next Horizon Europe frame-program, and the future of the on-orbit servicing activities at European level.

During the first day of the workshop, the members of the Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) on Space Robotics Technologies presented the results of the activities of the first call (2016-2019) call, and the status and perspectives of the projects recently launched within the second call (2019-2021).

GMV participated as coordinator of four SRC projects, presenting the results and achievements of the projects in the first call that are concluding now (ESROCOS, ERGO and FACILITATORS), and detailing the projects plans and technical objectives for the ADE project, recently started in the second SRC call. In addition, GMV takes part in three other SRC projects (EROSS, MOSAR and PRO-ACT).

The representatives of GMV also participated in several discussion panels on the exploitation and impact of the SRC products and the potential for AI in future space robotics activities.

GMV presented an overview of the results of the FACILITATORS project, describing the facilities made available by the project and the tests carried out by the Operational Grants 1 to 5 for the validation of the hardware and software Common Building Blocks developed in the first phase of the SRC activities. This presentation to a wide audience of stakeholders complements the Final Review Meeting of the project, scheduled for 25th April 2019.

The outcome of this 3rd PERASPERA will shape the next stages of the roadmap for space robotics in Europe, which shall combine the heritage of the developments from the SRC, the short and long term perspectives for on-orbit and planetary robotic operations, and the synergies with terrestrial robotics innovations and developments.