At any time the SPHERES team is involved in a number research projects, going beyond the scope of the original mission. These projects explore different areas relating to satellite flight and space exploration. SPHERES provides a unique platform to explore interactions between satellites and examine the challenges of movement in three dimensions and zero gravity. Applications of research include rendezvousing with a tumbling object, developing models of fluid flow in zero gravity, and many more. The ongoing research projects allow SPHERES to continue to contribute to the development of space technology
Many of the experiments involve additional hardware that expands the capabilities of SPHERES. SPHERES was designed to be expandable: a port on one face provides the ability to attach a wide range of add-ons. These attatchments increase the capabilities of the device and allow a wider range of tests. Current and future attatchments include a stereo camera system
Click on the tabs to the left to explore the SSL's current projects with SPHERES.
Past Projects include:
- ISRA: Docking and reconfiguration technologies.
- SURFACE: Electronically linking satellites on the ISS with devices on the ground.
- MOSR: Developing a single camera vision system to interact with a sample container.
- SWARM: Docking and reconfiguration technologies.
- ARMADAS: Control of reconfigurable spacecraft, and risk-based path planning.
- Lost In Space: State determination and collision avoidance.