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GITAI USA Triumphs in Securing DARPA LunA-10 Project with Innovative Lunar Robotics SolutionDecember 7, 2023 | BUSINESS WIRE
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GITAI USA Inc. (GITAI), the world’s leading space robotics startup, is pleased to announce its selection to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 10-Year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) capability study, a pivotal initiative aimed at developing foundational technology concepts that move toward a series of shareable, scalable systems that interoperate and optimize lunar infrastructure. With its inclusion in the program, GITAI is poised to play a crucial role in advancing commercial lunar exploration over the next decade.
GITAI’s winning proposal revolves around a concept for the deployment of modular, multi-purpose Inchworm robots equipped with tool-changeable end effectors to conduct lunar surface labor. The robots are designed to handle various tasks, from construction to maintenance and adaptation, without unnecessary duplication.
This groundbreaking approach aligns with the LunA-10 program’s vision for a framework that enables efficient, scalable, and sustainable commercial lunar activities. DARPA has released a press release, outlining the scope of this program.
“We’re both humbled and thrilled to be chosen for DARPA’s LunA-10 program,” said Sho Nakanose, founder & CEO of GITAI. “This mission goes well beyond robotics; it’s about forging a new era of lunar infrastructure. Our innovative approach, leveraging modular robotics, is a catalyst for reshaping how we envision the moon.”
GITAI emphasizes the importance of considering infrastructure and labor together from the architecture level, ensuring co-optimal solutions. By focusing on multi-purpose robotics and collaboration with other LunA-10 team members, GITAI intends to pioneer a transformative approach to lunar development.
Expanding GITAI's space robotics portfolio, the company is set to launch the 'GITAI S2' to the ISS in early 2024, a robot distinct yet technologically akin to the Inchworm robot. GITAI imagines a future in which its robots act as versatile nodes to enhance, streamline, and combine activities on the moon. Through a Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) model, GITAI plans to allow users to realize their lunar ambitions without intricate planning or upfront investments.
Looking ahead, GITAI is committed to achieving total life-cycle optimization in lunar infrastructure development. The company is eager to define the future lunar critical mass point from a labor perspective, ensuring maximum efficiency of multi-purpose robotics in lunar infrastructure tasks.
With this win, GITAI solidifies its position as a driving force in the space industry, representing a significant leap toward a thriving lunar economy, one of the ultimate goals of DARPA’s LunA-10 study.
British-made Science Component on Way to Land on the Moon for the First Time as Historic Peregrine Mission One Launches01/10/2024 | UK Space Agency
A major global space mission that will see a British-built science instrument land on the moon for the first time is underway as Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One launched today (Monday 8 January).
United Launch Alliance (ULA) marked the beginning of a new era of space capabilities with the successful launch of its next generation Vulcan rocket on Jan. 8 at 2:18 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Ahead of launch as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander is encapsulated in the payload fairing, or nose cone, of United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket on Nov. 21, 2023, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch of Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One will carry NASA and commercial payloads to the Moon.
Venturi Astrolab, Inc. (Astrolab) announced it has reached an agreement with eight enterprise customers to use its Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover to deploy the customers’ payloads on Astrolab’s upcoming mission to the Moon which is known as Mission 1.
Lunar exploration is expanding at a rapid pace, and a robust lunar economy within the next decade is coming quickly into focus.