NewSpace in Europe #4: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

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NewSpace Update️ ️

Focus: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Space

When I am thinking about the future of space, AI-driven and connected robots play a big role. Who will build big complexes on the Moon, Mars or in space? Who will mine ressources and harvest crops?

Selfworking Robots!

In the „Survey of Space Robotics“ from 2003 it is said that:


„In a decade, we expect robots to perform delicate
assembly tasks autonomously and even approach the
dexterity of a space-suited human. With intense effort,
robotic assembly of complicated structures in space is
possible, but only with supervision and guidance
(including occasional teleoperation) from space or
ground-based humans. Complex robotic assembly with
little or no human supervision will require
breakthrough technologies.“


For an introduction dive into fresh articles from SpaceNEWS and Seeker. A bit older but more inspirational article is from Hiro Ono’s Oddysey in which Hiro Ono – an engineer at NASA – gives an interesting insight into his thoughts about AI in Space.
Wired asked the question what a robot actually is and try to give answers.
If you want to dig really deep into Space AI check out the Acta Futura Issue N. 9 published by ESA or check out the paper by Daniela Girimonte and Dario Izzo.
„The key battlefield for robotics is shifting from hardware competition to software“ said Zhang Boxu – director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology at the World Robot Conference 2017 in Bejing – a few days ago. So let’s have a look at the current news about AI.
Robot Justin Source: DLR

NewSpace in Europe

The Robotics Innovation Center which belongs to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence located in Bremen has got 29 running projects. The subject of 12 of them is space robotic.
TransFIT – the newest project focuses on the assembly and installation of infrastructure for space applications by humans and robots either autonomously or in cooperation. An article which sums up the topic from Springer Professional is only available in german.

Interpret and execute complex commands was the task of SUPVIS Justin. ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli commanded the humanoid robot from the ISS to perform different tasks in the simulated Martian solar farm at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.

Around the Globe

Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster“ is the headline from phys.org. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University developed new AI algorithms and combined them with modern graphic processing units (GPU’s). So they were able to get more reliable and much faster results then before.

GPU Technology Conference opening video by Nvidia. It shows you what is possible with AI.

I close this newsletter with an article that describes different machine learning processor architectures. It seems as there is evolving a lot in the next time.

With an interesting topic in bag I see you again in two weeks,
Albrecht Köhler

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