Rogue to develop 3D Resident Object in Space Inspection Technology for its orbital robots
GILFORD, NH – – Rogue Space Systems Corporation, a leader in space servicing innovation and solutions, is thrilled to announce its selection by AFWERX for a Direct-to-Phase II contract. This opportunity focuses on leveraging sensor fusion technology, ensuring safe close-proximity operations in space, and addressing paramount challenges within the Department of the Air Force (DAF).
Incepted in 2020, Rogue has been on the frontline in developing cutting-edge satellite servicing solutions. Their flagship fleet of Orbital Robots (Orbots™) is designed to offer diverse services, from inspection to transportation, to satellites and space assets in LEO, MEO, and GEO. This revolutionary orbital fleet benefits from an unparalleled AI-enabled sensory observation platform.
Driven by the imperative need for sustainable solutions in the sphere of In-Space Servicing Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), Rogue is advancing a sensor system that melds active light detection and ranging (LiDAR), superior resolution cameras, and a proprietary 3D shape reconstruction algorithm. This cutting-edge approach aims to support the United States Space Force in securely accessing essential details about resident space objects. Initially, this technology will be integrated into Rogue’s Orbot platform. Alexander Kuyper, the Principal Investigator, emphasized, “The development of the 3D Resident Object in Space Inspection (3DROSI) technology, under the AFWERX Phase II contract, harmoniously fuses advanced sensors, hardware, and algorithms. It’s pivotal for the sensing and perception required for the autonomous operations of Rogue Orbots, benefiting both the Space Force and commercial satellite tasks such as in-space assembly, docking, transport, and repairs.”
This Phase II contract is the third Rogue Space Systems has been awarded in recent weeks, bringing their USAF and USSF award total to $7.5M over the past 18 months. Rogue also recently announced the scheduled launch of their inaugural spacecraft Barry-1 on SpaceX Transporter-9 NET November 2023.
The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now with these July 2023 Phase II
awards, Rogue Space Systems continues its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.
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As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 4,697 contracts worth more than $2.6 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: www.afwerx.com.