By Kalwinder Kaur
Energid Technologies has been chosen to deliver robotic control and simulation software for DARPA Phoenix. Phoenix is a multi-year program focused on creating and demonstrating novel technologies that can enable collection and re-use of valuable components resulting from inactive satellites present in geosynchronous orbit.
Fielding a robotic satellite servicing spacecraft is the major objective of Phoenix program. Grasping arms capable of controlling unique tools has been used by the spacecraft for reconfiguring orbiting satellite hardware. The arms have been designed to contain several degrees of freedom. Designing robotic tools are also a part of this program. Energid's software can efficiently handle and control this advanced robotic system.
According to Energid’s CTO, James English, the company is pleased to support this project with its innovative products and services. Phoenix’s challenges include leveraging an articulated arm in orbit and repurposing an abandoned satellite that creates new potentials to launch.
As per Energid’s contract to DARPA for developing Actin-X, the current release 3.0 of Energid's Actin software for robot control and simulation will be provided. Actin-X is a series of real-time libraries connected together for creating software, effective for achieving real-time robot controlling mission within the servicing spacecraft. In this control, extra degrees of freedom will be employed for directing robot arms to avoid collisions, joint limits, thereby regulating its power efficiency.
Energid's software has been designed to allow system validation via simulation, while carrying out the training process in preparation for launch.
For this initiative, Energid modulates the technology developed for NASA, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation. This project initiative will be conducted by Energid in Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Texas.