August 19, 2022

Gitai, a Japanese aerospace-components firm with an workplace in Torrance, is growing a robotic arm that can be examined subsequent yr on the Worldwide House Station.
Gitai USA, a subsidiary of the guardian firm, could have its base at 2255 Dominguez Manner in Torrance for growing, manufacturing, and growing general-purpose work robots for house within the U.S.

The S2 robotic arm can be among the many merchandise produced by Gitai that can be made within the Torrance location.
Aki Asahara, vp of operations, mentioned that Gitai simply opened the Torrance workplace, and added that it’s nonetheless empty.

“We plan to arrange every little thing, together with the working robots, by the tip of September,” Asahara wrote in an e-mail to the Enterprise Journal.
The S2 can be demonstrated outdoors the Worldwide House Station subsequent yr. Its predecessor robotic arm, the S1, has already been used contained in the station.

Gitai demonstrated the S1 on the house station in October in partnership with Nanoracks, a Houston firm that gives industrial entry to house for small analysis payloads. Nano racks is growing its personal house stations.

Within the demonstration, the S1 was put in contained in the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock and accomplished two duties: assembling panels for in-space meeting and working switches and cables for intra-vehicular exercise, in line with a launch from Gitai.

For subsequent yr’s demonstration, the S2 can be positioned outdoors the Bishop Airlock and the 1.5-meter-long autonomous twin robotic arm system will execute in-space servicing, meeting and manufacturing.

Gitai had already efficiently examined the S2 robotic in February within the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Company’s thermal vacuum chamber, the corporate launch mentioned.
Following this ground-system check, the robotic reached NASA’s Technical Readiness Degree (TRL) 6.

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“By demonstrating this expertise in house, Gitai goals to realize TRL Degree 7 (affirmation of the feasibility of the expertise as a system in house),” the Gitai launch added. “Gitai will set up the in-space servicing, meeting and manufacturing capabilities cultivated via this expertise demonstration with the purpose to supply it to U.S. personal house stations and orbital companies suppliers.”

Sho Nakanose, founder and chief govt of Gitai, mentioned there have been plenty of utility in house that the corporate’s robotic arm can be utilized for, together with on-orbit servicing and lunar exploration, and added that Gitai is thrilled to companion with Nanoracks once more on this latest demonstation.