The EU has funded a Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) under the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme to foster the use of robotics for orbital applications and for space exploration.
The cluster was composed of interconnected projects, each tackling a different technological challenge involving space robotics. PERASPERA (and its successor PERASPERA-X) contributed to the implementation of the SRC with roadmaps and technical support from national space agencies and the European Space Agency.
The cluster began by developing technological building blocks to serve different scenarios in space, such as robotic satellite servicing and space exploration.
The SRC ended in 2023 with successful demonstrations integrating the building blocks and brought Europe to the forefront of international efforts to increase automation in space.
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