PickNik awarded NASA SBIR Phase 2 for in-orbit robot autonomy.
BOULDER, Colo., June 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- PickNik Robotics announced on June 8th that it has been awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop its technology for advanced planning capabilities for robots in microgravity environments.
PickNik is a robotics software technology company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. PickNik is the maintainer of the open-source MoveIt project, a widely used robotic motion planning frmework within the Robot Operating System (ROS).
"We are excited to be collaborating with NASA in pushing the frontier of manipulator robotics beyond factories and warehouses, and into the most difficult domains," commented Dr. Dave Coleman PickNik, founder and CEO.
"PickNik's aim is to make robotics easier to use so that more people can operate them in complex environments. We believe integrating this automation while enabling human-in-the-loop intervention makes for the simplest teleop solution," Dr. Mark Moll, Director of Research at PickNik, added.
PickNik's technology addresses a common gap in deploying robotic arms into environments, where full autonomy is still too difficult. Instead, a human operator is able to supervise and quickly intervene when the robot gets stuck. PickNik plans to widely release the system terrestrially in Fall 2021 under the name MoveIt Studio.
PickNik is currently seeking reference customers for Summer 2021 and beyond. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accelerate Your Robotics Development | PickNik's mission is to address technical challenges while dramatically reducing development time for advanced robotic applications. PickNik supports and collaborates with the open-source robotics movement, providing companies with cutting-edge capabilities.
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