MIT Space Systems Laboratory’s Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) project is a robotic platform consisting of three small satellites designed operate in micro-gravity environments, that can control their relative positions and orientations.
Providing a testbed for technologies critical to the operation of distributed satellite and docking missions, SPHERES explores the possibility of autonomous platforms capable of performing maintenance and providing assistance to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Over the last year, has been collaborating with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate Project Tango (goo.gl/5vYfU1) onto the SPHERES experiment. Scheduled to launch this summer, Project Tango’s 3D mapping abilities will allow SPHERES to autonomously map and navigate the ISS.
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