What’s EROSS+:

EROSS+ (European Robotic Orbital Support Services) objective is to demonstrate the European solutions for the Servicers and the Serviced LEO/GEO satellites, enabling a large range of efficient and safe orbital support services. This phase is the third and last one of the SRC in the frame of H2020 projects, building on the two previous ones that have allowed to increase the Technology Readiness Level of several key building blocks. The first phase involved six projects related to the development of technologies dedicated to robotics and in-orbit operations.
The third phase of the SRC is now to prepare the in-orbit demonstration of such new types of missions (up to preliminary design). EROSS+ obviously follows up on the EROSS activity and aims to develop a European solution for On-Orbit Servicing. These space vehicles will be able to carry out a wide range of operations in orbit, including controlled re-entry of space debris, robotic manipulation, the extension of a satellite's operational life, in-orbit re-fuelling, inspection, and many more. The project will start in February and will last 24 months. The goal consists in designing a demonstrator while progressing in parallel on the maturity of the key building blocks.
The demonstration mission concept includes the complete orbital rendezvous phase of a Servicer satellite with a collaborative Client satellite prepared for On-Orbit Servicing that shall be followed by the capture and then servicing operations. The whole idea is to validate the capability of carrying out on-orbit operations of this type for future missions. On-Orbit servicing space vehicles represent a real paradigm shift in space: upcoming systems will no longer be “abandoned to their fate” once in orbit, but can evolve over their lifetime. An in-orbit demonstration is expected by 2026.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004346.

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European Robotic Orbital Support Services - video

The European Robotic Orbital Support Services (EROSS+) project. Coordinated by Thales Alenia Space together with European partners, is menat to demonstrate in flight On-Orbit Servicing capabilities using brand new autonomous robotics and rendez-vous technologies.  

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EROSS ROBOTICS PROJECT WINS 2021 ETOILES DE L’EUROPE AWARD

Thales Alenia Space confirms position at the forefront of space robotics

Cannes, December 2, 2021 – At the 9th annual awards ceremony for Etoiles de l’Europe* (“Stars of Europe”), held today in Paris and attended by French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal, the EROSS project**, coordinated by Thales Alenia Space within the scope of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research program, received an award.

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Progress report #2

Progress report meeting took place on July 30th 2021. The Consortium is getting ready for upcoming Mission Consolidation Review in September. It also is the Progress Report due at Month 6 of the project to give the project status to the EC and the PERASPERA Consortium.

MDR

Mission Definition Review took place on May 31st 2021. During the meeting the Consortium discussed Preliminary Dissemination Plan, Preliminary Risk Management, Preliminary Programmatic Plan, Market Analysis Report and many, many more.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.101004346.