Talk Title: Space robot development at GITAI
GITAI is a space robotics start-up that is developing tools to reduce the risk and cost of labor in space. Our robots are capable of autonomous operations including structure assembly, handling tools, and making connections in vacuum. We are working towards a robotics space labor force that could reduce space labor costs by 100 fold.
GITAI is unique among space start-ups in developing all the mechatronics, electronics, and software of the robot in-house to achieve a tight integration of the best technologies.
Now, GITAI will compete for contracts in various space domains where demands already exist for versatile robots. Especially, we are focusing on developing robots in 3 fields: i)robots for commercial space stations, ii) robots for on-orbit servicing, iii) robots for lunar exploration.
We have conducted a highly successful demo of our robot, S1, on the Internal Space Station (ISS) in October 2021. We are advancing our robotic system capabilities in support of our next in-space technology demonstrations in 2023 and 2025.
In this talk, we will introduce our challenge of space robot development.
Chief Robotics Officer of GITAI. Former Founder & CEO of SCHAFT. After retiring as a research associate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab), he founded the bipedal robot startup, SCHAFT, the champion of DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in 2013. He later sold the company to Google in 2013, and had led Tokyo biped platforms development team under Google X for 5 years.