Space agency signs 2.5 million EUR contract for TITAN robotic arm project

The robotic arm will be used to service satellites in the Earth’s orbit. PIAP Space/Facebook

Polish company PIAP Space has signed a contract worth 2.5 million Euros with the European Space Agency to build a robotic arm for fixing satellites on orbit.

The TITAN project will be the largest in the history of the Polish space industry and the first for an entire satellite subsystem.

PIAP Space will build a prototype of a multi-joint robotic arm for the future deorbiting and servicing of satellites in the Earth’s orbit. They will begin with a laboratory model of the robotic joint and then construct a prototype arm consisting of different types of joints to test its functionality in various scenarios.

Mateusz Wolski, PIAP Space’s President of the Board said: “The TITAN project is a great success of the company, for which we worked with our team of subcontractors for almost 3 years. This project is especially important for us - it is proof of ESA’s trust in us, as they entrusted the integration of the whole satellite subsystem to a Polish organization.

“A lot of hard work awaits us, but it is an important step in achieving the strategic goals of the company. The implementation of the TITAN project will bring us closer to the introduction of the robotic arm on the commercial market.”

The final product will be used in future missions of ESA, the European Union, and the commercial segment. The TITAN device will allow the servicing of damaged satellites and the deorbiting of satellites that have reached the end of their mission and threaten other objects in orbit.

Piotr Szynkarczyk from the Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements (of which PIAP Space is a spin-off company) said: “The TITAN project is quite a challenge. The difficult working conditions for extraterrestrial robots are extremely hard to recreate on Earth – they are a test of the scientists’ knowledge and the technology available on the market.

“Creating a new class of robots capable of working in the harsh conditions of the space environment is a goal that we have set ourselves when organizing PIAP Space. I am pleased to see that we are moving from the first stage of preparatory works to the stage of product development – in this case of the robot arm satellite subsystem.”