Altius Space Machines Signs Space Act Agreement with
NASA Langley Research Center
Louisville, CO, September 4, 2012
Altius Space Machines of Louisville, Colorado is pleased to announce that we have signed a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA Langley Research Center of Hampton, Virginia, to develop concepts for a new series of compactly-stowable long-reach spacecraft robotic manipulators.
This SAA reflects a very high degree of cooperation and synergy between commercial and government space organizations and should be mutually beneficial to both Altius and NASA. Altius will combine NASA’s expertise in manipulator systems with its mission concepts and payload capture technology to jointly create a new and novel Compactly Stowable Manipulator (CSM). As the name suggests, the CSM will have a very small packaging volume, yet be capable of highly-dexterous, long-reach operations. When combined with a non-cooperative payload capture technology, the CSM would also enable satellite servicing, small-package delivery/return, and rendezvous/capture of nanosat-scale free flyers or sample return canisters.
Commercial crew and cargo transportation vehicles and NASA exploration vehicles, such as the Orion spacecraft could accrue significant benefits if a robotic arm with performance capabilities similar to the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS), but having much higher packaging efficiency, could ...