Rogue Space Systems Corporation and NanoAvionics US have signed a cooperation agreement where Rogue has selected NanoAvionics US to be their provider for hardware, systems engineering and integration services for Rogue’s Laura, Charlie and Fred Orbot™ programs. These programs will include both demonstration missions currently planned for 2022 and the follow-on deployment of the servicing fleet consisting of over 40 Orbots™ through 2025.
Established in 2020, Rogue Space is building a fleet of Orbital Robots (Orbots™) equipped with highly sophisticated sensors, cameras, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) software to enable up-close inspections and assistance of satellite operator’s assets in space.
“Rogue’s goal is to deliver a fleet of robotic spacecraft that are capable of providing satellite servicing and transport capabilities to the commercial, government, and defense markets,” adds Rogue Space CEO Jeromy Grimmett. “NanoAvionics has been instrumental in the design and engineering of our current programs. NanoAvionics truly understands Rogue’s fundamentals in design, engineering, and conceptual philosophies. Each of these philosophies is foundational to our overall strategy to bring cost-competitive and sustainable orbital services to the space industry. We are very excited to be taking our relationship to the next level today and well into the future.”
“Here at NanoAvionics we believe in great socio-economical and technological impacts the rapidly developing NewSpace sector has been bringing in, and it’s been an honor for the whole team to supply scalable avionics for this market,” adds NanoAvionics CEO Brent Abbott. “We are excited to be selected as Rogue’s space segment provider – the leadership and vision of Rogue is truly inspiring, and this is one of the great benefits of being in the space industry.”
Rogue has recently also entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (“CRADA”) with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate, Geospace Technologies Division. The CRADA, which was finalized in December 2020, focuses on research areas of combined sensing and propulsion capabilities, as well as enabling the examination of Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) components to determine their feasibility for future space applications on a proliferated architecture.