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Autonomous robots to build towers on the Moon

by Marco van der Hoeven

GITAI USA has been selected for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 program. This project, titled “Assembly and Outfitting of Tall Truss-Based Power Towers,” focuses on using autonomous lunar robots to build tall truss-based towers on the Moon, which can function as communication antennas and solar panels.

The initiative includes a ground demonstration showcasing the construction of communication towers by multiple robots. Previously, GITAI has developed a lunar robotic rover and an inchworm-type robotic arm designed for lunar infrastructure construction. The company has also secured a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the 10-Year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) capability study, which involves the construction of lunar infrastructure using GITAI’s robots.

In March, GITAI successfully demonstrated the assembly of a 5-meter tower in the Mojave Desert using its robotic rover and inchworm-type robotic arm, proving the feasibility of autonomous robot tower construction in a gravity environment.

GITAI has been conducting continuous tests on the task performance, safety, and reliability of its lunar autonomous robots. In an external demonstration at the International Space Station (ISS) in March, GITAI’s dual-arm autonomous robot completed all planned operations, achieving NASA’s Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL7).

The SBIR project will further advance the development of GITAI’s lunar autonomous robots, enhancing their capability to build essential infrastructure, such as communication antennas and solar panels, on the Moon.

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