It’s been over a year since we did our last detailed update on what Altius is up to as a company, and while we can’t talk in detail about all of the projects we’re working on, I felt a quick update would be worthwhile for those of you following us on the outside.
DARPA Phoenix Phase 1 R&D Efforts
For most of the past year and a half, Altius has been working on two Phase 1 contracts for the DARPA Phoenix Technologies program. The first of these contracts had Altius leading a team (including Roccor LLC, Ecliptic Enterprises Corp., and a robotics research team at CU Boulder) in the development and fabrication of a prototype deployable camera/illumination system for potential use in the Phoenix mission. The second contract had Altius supporting a JPL robotics team in developing a Gecko Adhesive gripper capable of adhering in vacuum to flat surfaces such as solar arrays or deployed PODS systems. Further details will require me submitting materials to DARPA’s DISTAR system for public release authorization (which typically takes about a month). I hope to put together a more detailed write-up with more pictures and videos at some point for DARPA to review.