Motiv Space Systems

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Country
2014
USA
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Motiv Space Systems

Product/Service - XLINK

Classification
Miscellaneous
Category
Space Robotics
Robotic Arm
Hardware
In-Space Assembly
Fields
Moon
Mars
Status
Demonstrated
First launch
Not announced

xLink Space-Rated Modular Robotic Arm System

Before now, adding advanced robotics capabilities to your spacecraft was reserved for select missions with budgets in the hundreds of millions. But the xLink™ System changes that.

Created by the same team that developed the robotic arm for NASA/JPL’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, the xLink™ system delivers industry leading robotics capabilities at lead times and costs that are unrivaled.

On-Orbit Assembly

Satellite Servicing

Exploration of the Moon & Mars

Launching with OSAM-2
The xLink™ system’s first planned mission is aboard NASA’s OSAM-2 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing) spacecraft, formerly known as Archinaut One, by Made in Space. Once in orbit, the OSAM-2 spacecraft will utilize the xLink™ robotic arm to help position the 3D printing elements that will manufacture a 60+ foot solar array on-orbit that can generate up to five times the power of traditional solar panels on similarly sized spacecraft. The arm is also responsible for an assembly task–connecting the deployable solar arrays, in addition to positioning the printer.

PickNik is integrating its motion software with Motiv's robot arms to improve capabilities for space exploration..PickNik Robotics Inc. and Motiv Space Systems Inc. today announced a partnership to develop technologies for space applications. The companies said they plan to enhance In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing, or ISAM, capabilities by integrating PickNik’s MoveIt Studio software with Motiv’s xLink robot arm product line.

COLDArm

This is the Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm, a robotic arm capable of operating in the cold of the lunar poles. Motiv is building it using parts supplied by JPL in La Cañada Flintridge. If COLDArm passes all testing here on Earth, the next goal for the project is to secure a place on NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services, a program that allows U.S. companies to send technology to the moon’s surface for testing or to conduct scientific experiments.

COLDArm incorporates bulk metallic glass, a class of metals whose atomic arrangements more closely resembles that of glass, making them stronger and more durable than steel or ceramic.

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover carries a robotic arm and other technology designed and built by Motiv Space Systems. The Perseverance rover is an iconic and innovative piece of hardware that will advance the search for life on Mars and study its surface in greater detail. Perseverance will be the first rover to collect samples from Mars that will ultimately be sent back to earth. It will also be the first to provide advanced stereoscopic, high-definition video using new zoom-capable cameras.

OSAM-1 (previously known as Restore-L)

OSAM-1 (known as Restore-L until April 2020) is the world’s first-ever on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing mission. Motiv’s state-of-the-art motor controller technology is powering the development of this revolutionary technology for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. OSAM-1 stands for “On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1.”

OSAM-2 On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly & Manufacturing

Around 2023, a Motiv xLink robotic arm will launch onboard a spacecraft designed to do something unique: build a 3D-printed solar array while it’s orbiting the earth.
OSAM-2, formerly known as Archinaut One, is a technology demonstration mission. The mission is designed to show how additive manufacturing — more commonly known as 3D printing — can be used to build, assemble and deploy complex structures in space.

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