NASA has struck a contract worth about $142 million with Maxar, a U.S. satellite maker, to commission Maxar to assemble a new robot for orbiting spacecraft. It is reported that the agreement will make the space infrastructure dexterous robot or SPIDER program will become part of NASA’s Restore-L mission to facilitate NASA to complete its orbital missions, such as the reconfiguration or repair of extraterrestrial satellites and other special missions.
“With this partnership, NASA will have a more robust in-orbit spacecraft assembly and maintenance capability to continue to maintain the U.S. global leadership in space technology,” NASA spokesman Jim Reuter said in a press release. The technology will open up a new world of space robot capabilities. “
In addition, as early as May 2019, NASA and Maxar began a deep collaboration. At that time, the two sides agreed to work together on the first key part of the gateway, a new lunar space station. In the future, Gateway will become an outpost for astronauts to the moon under the Artemis Lunar Project.
Maxar Technologies, which has been building large communications satellites for decades, is also known for building robotic arms on the International Space Station, and one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, SSL, is building a spacecraft for NASA’s Psyche mission to detect metal asteroids. NASA wants Maxar to use the module first for a space demonstration, and then, if it goes well, the agency will buy the module from the company. Once the power module is complete, NASA plans to launch it on a commercial rocket.