Center for Research in Space Technologies (CREST)

In Space Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM)

In Space Assembly and Manufacturing is a research focus of the CREST team, with publications appearing in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering, and presented at the International Astronautical Congress and Astrodynamics Specialist Conference among others. CREST researchers pioneered the STARFISH robot. Biologically inspired and composed of shape memory alloy, which fulfills the need for a robot that functions accurately and efficiently in zero gravity environments. 

An image of a prototype satellite, called a "satbot" that has been built by researchers.

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Rajguru, A., Eyre, E., Ebrahimi, M., Barnhart, D., Adam, R., Griffith, T., Chibuzor, D., Haq, S., Nguyen, J., Le, J., “CLINGERS: Optimizing RPO Ease for Assembly Operations,” 2022 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2022.

Bezouska, W., Barnhart, D., “Visual sensor selection for satellite swarm cooperative localization,” SPIE Defense and Security Conference, 2019.

Bezouska, W., Barnhart, D., “Spacecraft Pose Estimation and Swarm Localization performance under Varying Illumination and Viewing Conditions,” AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2019.

Bento da Silva, G., Barnhart, D., “Optimized R/B’s Rendezvous Study for Active Debris Removal,” Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2016.

Barnhart, D., Sullivan, B., Hill, L., Will, P., Chappel, L., Ratti, J., Benedict, B., VanOmmering, G., “DARPA Phoenix Payload Orbital Delivery System (PODs),” AIAA SPACE Conference & Exposition, AIAA 2013-5484, San Diego, CA, 2013.