What is Mosar?
MOSAR: Modular and Re-Configurable Spacecraft
The Horizon 2020 EU-funded MOSAR project aims to develop a ground demonstrator for on-orbit modular and reconfigurable satellites. The project will investigate and demonstrate technologies that enable a fundamental paradigm shift in satellite design and deployment that could potentially impact all future space missions. The technologies under development include:
- A set of re-usable spacecraft modules as part of a global eco-system. Each individual module will be dedicated to a specific function as control, power, thermal management, sensors. Once assembled, they will allow the full functionality of the spacecraft
- A re-positionable symmetrical walking robotic manipulator designed to capture, manipulate and position spacecraft modules, while being able to reposition itself on the spacecraft elements or directly on the modules
- Standard robotics interfaces, providing mechanical, data, power and thermal transfer for interconnection between the modules, spacecraft and walking manipulator
- A functional engineering simulation environment and design tool, offering assistance for modules design, system configuration and operation planning, with the support of multi-physics engine
As part of the EU Strategic Research Cluster in Space Robotics, MOSAR will build on and consolidate technological results of previous projects of PERASPERA and its operational grants.