This Robotic Satellite Tech Will Fix Broken Satellites Floating Dead In Space


Space debris is one of the most impending problems in the lower-Earth orbit. Satellites most often break and unfortunately, there's not much we can do about it. Except now, there's new technology developed by the University of Cincinnati professor Ou Ma that aims to fix orbiting satellites.

Robotic Satellite Technology

Robotic Satellite Technology

During a satellite launch, multiple things could go wrong. However, once the satellite is deployed, there's nothing much that can be done. There are so many deployed satellites that are orbiting the Earth, often in a defunct state. Sending astronomers for satellite repairs is expensive. Besides, the need for repairing satellites is becoming pressing every day.

The newly developed system involves engineering robotics technology that could fix orbiting satellites. Professor Ma believes that the robotic satellite technology can dock with other satellites for repairs and refueling. It was developed in the Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems Lab and is believed to be most useful to fix and repair damaged satellites.

Robotic Satellites

Ma is known for working on robotic arms on the International Space Station. There are many of his equipment floating in orbit aboard ISS. For the latest venture, he has teamed up with UC senior research associate, Anoop Sathyan for developing the robotic networks. Ma says the robotic satellite can repair satellites and will be capable of completing multiple tasks.

NASA Might Deploy Robotic Satellite

NASA Might Deploy Robotic Satellite

"Big commercial satellites are costly. They run out of fuel or malfunction or break down. They would like to be able to go up there and fix it, but nowadays it's impossible," notes the professor. But NASA is trying to change that. By 2022, the agency is going to send a satellite that would be capable of refueling other satellites in LEO, as part of the Restore-L project by the US government.

The new robotic satellite technology will certainly shape the future of satellite and space technology. With SpaceX launching the Starlink project, there is going to need some technology to refuel, repair, and restore the thousands of satellites in the Earth's orbit. Professor Ma might have found us the answer to that.

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