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Olis Robotics sees many space applications for autonomy software

22 May 2019, 22:43 UTC
Olis Robotics sees many space applications for autonomy software
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PASADENA, Calif. – Olis Robotics, a company that offers software for mobile remote robots, sees many applications for its artificial intelligence to support internal and external space servicing, assembly, manufacturing and operational concepts,” Blaine Levedahl, Olis Robotics U.S. government programs director, said May 22 at the Space Tech Expo here.
Olis Robotics announced its latest government funding May 21. The U.S. Air Force awarded the Seattle startup $50,000 in a phase one Small Business Innovative Research award to explore the application of its software for satellite servicing. Olis Robotics will “solve for latency concerns through its AI components, which allow the robot to safely operate within set levels of autonomy even when commands are delayed,” according to the company’s May 21 news release.
“We’re pleased to be working with the Air Force to help extend the life of existing satellites, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars, with the precision to refuel, repair or update components while the satellites are in orbit,” Don Pickering, Olis Robotics CEO, said in a statement. “Olis Robotics’ progressive autonomy software platform enables the ability to use robotics in orbit to service satellites and reduce the cost of maintaining and upgrading existing satellite systems.”
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