GITAI Autonomous Robotic Arm Arrives at International Space Station

The S2 is a robot that embodies the essence of GITAI’s robotics technology, incorporating the same fundamental technology used in the company’s innovative Inchworm Robot and Lunar Rover. During the demonstration, the S2 dual robotic arm system will be mounted externally to the ISS on the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock and will perform in-orbit services, including maintenance, inspection, and life-extension operations for satellites. GITAI autonomous robotic arm system S2 arrives at the ISS.


GITAI Autonomous Robotic Arm Arrives at International Space Station

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GITAI successfully passed NASA safety reviews in August 2023 as a requirement for S2’s external tech demo, expected to take place aboard the ISS in Q1 2024.

“It was a thrilling experience watching S2 launch on the SpaceX (NG-20) mission and successfully dock at the space station for GITAI’s second demonstration,” says Sho Nakanose, founder and CEO of GITAI. “We’re actively developing a spacecraft capable of performing rendezvous, repair, inspection, and life-extension services for customers’ satellites, and this tech demo will confirm the feasibility of our core technology for the ISAM services we’re looking to offer commercial and government customers.”

(GITAI: Torrance, CA) — GITAI USA Inc. , a leading robotics startup, announced that its 1.5-meter-long autonomous dual robotic arm system (S2) successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (NG-20) to conduct an external demonstration of in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM). The success of the S2 tech demo will be a major milestone for GITAI, confirming the feasibility of this technology as a fully operational system in space.

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The S2 is the second demonstration mission for GITAI aboard the ISS. In 2021, GITAI successfully completed a technology demonstration of its S1 autonomous space robot and succeeded in executing two tasks: assembling structures and panels for in-space assembly (ISA), and operating switches and cables for intravehicular activity (IVA).

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By demonstrating this technology in space, GITAI aims to achieve Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 and establish ISAM capabilities.