Approval oft he DLR/BMWi project „AI-In-Orbit-Factory“


„Will AI become the new key technology in autonomous space applications? That is exactly what we think! AI methods will enable highly automated production systems that will vastly exceed the flexibility and precision of classical approaches, thus becoming a decisive success factor in international competition. “

This vision is the aim of the joint project “AI-In-Orbit-Factory”, which will be funded from 1st of August on for two years by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The joint project focuses on the examination and development of basic concepts for the in-orbit production of small satellites based on the integration of artificial intelligence methods. The Technical University of Darmstadt, the Technical University of Munich and the Center for Telematics (ZfT) in Würzburg are involved in AI-In-Orbit-Factory. The same group has already successfully researched the fundamentals of robotic assembly of highly modular satellites based on Industrie 4.0 processes in the project “Space Factory 4.0”.

In AI-In-Orbit-Factory, the TU Darmstadt, represented by the Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK) of Prof. Anderl, will develop a digital process twin for the holistic monitoring and control of in-orbit production activities. Using AI methods, the process twin enables the interaction of all process participants and enables automated and optimized assembly and test procedures. In addition, the FG DiK is responsible for the coordination of the joint project.