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22 May 2020, 11:00 to 12:00

Tech20 Virtual: From Outer Space to Subsea



22 May 2020, 11:00 to 12:00


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Xiu-Tian Yan, Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory, University of Strathclyde

Europe has embarked on a strategic research effort in developing a suite of space robotics technologies for future space missions both for planetary explorations and in on-obit servicing. There is an ongoing investigation through a structured mechanism called strategic research cluster (SRC) in Space Robotics Technologies. The first group of projects in the form of operational grants have completed and they have developed five common building blocks for these future missions.

The second group of the projects have recently started to develop demonstrations for both planetary and in-orbit applications. MOSAR is one project focusing on the use of space robotic connectors to assemble and configure satellites in space. Specifically, the project aims to create a new paradigm technology to address an increasing challenge of developing a sustainable space approach to enable more affordable access to space for all stakeholders. This webinar provides an overview of these common building blocks and then MOSAR technology’s preliminary development. The talk will also explore potential applications of MOSAR in other sector.

Xiu's Bio
Xiu-Tian Yan is a Professor in Mechatronic Systems Technology and the Director of Space Mechatronic Systems Technology Laboratory (SMeSTech) in the Department of Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde.

He received his PhD from Loughborough University of Technology. He is also a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of IMechE. He is a Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

Professor Yan’s research interests include mechatronic systems design, robotics, computer support mechatronic systems design, knowledge intensive product modelling and simulation, the proactive computer support of product life-cycle synthesis, and modular design.

He has applied this research work in space, agriculture and smart manufacturing. He has published over 240 technical papers in major international journals and conferences, edited/wrote six books in the fields as well as organising and chairing four international conferences.

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