Welcome to the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center, located in Fairmont. WVRTC is active in research that supports robotic space operations and supporting technology. Research areas include machine vision, relative navigation, advanced sensor systems and robotic control. In addition, the space simulation laboratory houses multiple robotic platforms that serve as an advanced operational testbed for research and development.
WVRTC utilizes the wealth of knowledge and rich history of West Virginia University and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to develop new technology for real-world applications. Operating to support NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, WVRTC’s research efforts contribute to pioneering efforts for the first space operation to autonomously capture an orbiting satellite and, through ground-based teleoperations, refuel and repair the asset to extend its operational life.
The WVRTC research lab contains multiple robotic platforms for technology development in the field of space robotics. The robotic platforms are used to test machine vision algorithms, compliance operations, haptic sensors and teleoperation procedures for satellite servicing operations.