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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

€ 120 Million for Robotics & Mechatronics Center

German Aerospace Center DLR and European Space Agency ESA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Berlin Air Show in June 2010 on the use of the new DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC) as an ESA reference laboratory. This cooperation aims to set up an extensive network of international partners in space-sector robotics with the aims of exploiting synergies between the partners to best effect, further increasing expertise in this area and preparing for the future. Some € 120 Million  are being invested in the centre. It will investigate autonomous robots for the servicing of spacecraft in orbit and for the exploration of the planets, among other projects. 

DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center has its origin in the Institute of Robotics and Mechantronics and will, in future, consist of many facilities and institutes working in the field of robotics, mechatronics, system dynamics, control engineering and optical information systems. The aim is to further consolidate and enhance Germany's leading position worldwide in both the scientific and industrial areas of robotics. This initiative is being supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the State of Bavaria.

Last year, Esa agreed to give its new technical centre at Harwell in the UK a space robotics portfolio. 

Source: DLR, ESA

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