China’s idea for its space technology

We recently told you that a Chinese satellite “towed” another from the same country into orbit cemetery. The operation, which was conducted for peaceful purposes, caused alarm in the United States because of its potential use in a military scenario. Now an Asian giant developed an advanced robotic arm with “unprecedented strength, flexibility and service life”.

China’s ambitious plans range from a mega-constellation of satellites that could compete with Starlink, to its own multi-kilometer space station, obviously including a desire to send tycoons to the moon and set up a base there next to Russia. This new robotic arm, capable of “suppressing” satellites, could increase its growing space power.

China’s terrible robotic arm in space

The robotic arm was developed by the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics. According to an article published by researchers in the journal Robot, it is 1.5 meters long and consists of nine segments. Each part works independently and can rotate and rotate to reach difficult places where modern robotic arms cannot.

Researchers say they know that doing repairs in space is very difficult. To cope with this, they designed the robotic arm in such a way that if one of its segments has problems, it can be quickly replaced by another in orbit. “The modular system is the solution to this problem,” said researcher Xu Zhenban.

One of the most remarkable features of this robot is that it has an artificial intelligence system that allows it to work in coordination with others. For example, different systems can act as tentacles to move or manipulate large objects. In fact, researchers have already tested these capabilities in laboratory simulations on the ground.

Chinese robotic satellites

Robotic arm at Changchun Institute facilities

Project officials say the system is under development and before flying into space they will need to replace some metal alloy parts with others made of carbon fiber to reduce their weight. However, they do not specify whether they already have any agreement with the Chinese National Space Administration on space testing.

The scientist, who did not reveal his identity, told the South China Morning Post that the robotic arm he has enough power to crush a small satellite like a “python strangles its prey”although military use should have a different design. For their part, out of Changchun instinct, they note that their designs are designed for peaceful purposes.

Pictures | Changchun Institute

Through | South China Morning Post

Leave a Comment