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Motiv Space Systems (Motiv) proposes a transformative robotic solution, CrossLink, for On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM). Crosslink is a fusion of existing and emerging technologies under development at Motiv. For OSAM activities to realize their full potential, robotic systems of the future must improve in a number of key areas. CrossLink will enable future OSAM activities through: Low-Cost, Mobile, Modular Robotic Manipulation System The CrossLink robotic system will be architected utilizing the xLink robotic arm architecture as its basis. xLink is designed to be a highly modular, easy to re-configure system, and as such the previously designed components can be shared across both xLink and CrossLink. High Bandwidth, Open Architecture, Plug-and-Play Connectivity (SpacECAT) Based upon Motiv’s ground robotics products, an EtherCAT communication architecture will be developed and prototyped on direct path to flight hardware utilizing Motiv’s Flight DELTA motor controller. This new SpaceECAT architecture will provide high speed and bandwidth communication across the CrossLink Robotic Arm tools, mobility, and tasks as well as any other on orbit SpaceECAT enabled devices. Furthermore, this will enable the use of Motiv’s ROS control tools to be used for flight systems. Robotic Mobility and Generalized Tool Utilization The grappling end-effector will enable the mobility and tool use of the CrossLink system. The end-effector acts as both a structural and electrical connection for passing power and communication signals to the spacecraft and other SpacECAT enabled tools/devices. More »

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