MOSAR: Modular spacecraft assembly and reconfiguration demonstrator

Pierre Letier, Xiu T. Yan, Mathieu Deremetz, Alessandro Bianco, Gerhard Grunwald, Maximo Roa, Rainer Krenn, Miguel Muñoz Arancón, Pierre Dissaux, Juan Sánchez García Casarrubios, Rodrigo Ruiz Lucini, Luca De Filippis, Giuseppe Porcelluzzi, Mark Post, Michael Walshe, Philip Perryman

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With rapid development of space systems in recent years and their limited lives, it is imperative that a sustainable space development approach is developed to support more affordable access to space for all stakeholders. The European Commission hence funded the MOSAR project which aims to create a new paradigm technology to address this increasing challenge. This paper provides an overview of this technology’s preliminary development to enable on-orbit servicing. Building on five successful projects which collectively created all required common building blocks for both planetary explorations and in-orbit missions, a novel architecture is proposed to create a walking manipulator to demonstrate its unique capability in both space system assembly and on-orbit servicing. Preliminary design concepts of a walking manipulator and spacecraft modules are shown. A dedicated simulator is also developed to evaluate the proposed novel architecture for these targeted applications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019
Event15th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation - Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency , Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 27 May 201928 May 2019


Conference15th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation


  • mechatronics systems
  • spacecraft
  • space systems
  • modular spacecraft design
  • avionics


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