WORLD SPACE MARKET AND SPACE ROBOTICS: CURRENT STATE AND PROSPECTS

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WORLD SPACE MARKET AND SPACE ROBOTICS: CURRENT STATE AND PROSPECTS

A.B. Nikolaev
PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (RTC), Deputy Head of Department, 21, Tikhoretsky pr., Saint-Petersburg, 194064, Russia, tel.: +7(812)552-45-21, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Abstract
In the paper a brief overview of current state of space robotics in the world and in Russia based on data from open information sources is given. Pecularities and main types of world space market (WSM) services as well as Russian presence in the WSM certain sectors are considered. Examples of major projects in the field of solar system exploration by unmanned space vehicles, and primary areas of space robotics prospective development in the next 10-15 years are provided. Primary trends of modern WSM development were outlined.
Along with characterizing of Russian space activities the basic documents for program-oriented state support of the branch, determinant factors for its objective development as also long-term tasks affecting directly on space robotics development are listed.
Optimum set of robotic supportive tools for advanced outer space infrastructure, defined by certain research of the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (RTC) along with technologies required for that are described. The concise description of the internantional (with the participation of RTC scientists) experiment «Kontur-2» for technology elaboration of on-planet robot remote control from the orbital complex is given.
In conclusion various measures and funding sources other than the public purse, which could be used by aerospace manufacturers for efficiency improvement of their work in the conditions of persistent funds deficit, are briefly specified.

Key words
Cosmonautics, rocket-and-space technology, space robotics, on-planet rovers, world space market.

Bibliographic description
Nikolaev, A. (2017). World Space Market and Space Robotics: Current State and Prospects. Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, 2(15), pp.12-24.

UDC identifier
001.8:629.7:007.52

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