The prime focus of the WVRTC is to support the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Research efforts include supporting pioneering efforts to capture orbiting satellites for refueling and repair in order to extend the operational life of the asset. The WVRTC accesses the knowledge, students and faculty, and resources of the University and Statler College to develop new technology for real-world applications. Prior on campus studies have included the development sensors for harsh environments, machine vision and algorithm development.
Research areas for the WVRTC include machine vision, relative navigation, advanced sensor systems and robotic control. In addition, the large space simulation laboratory pictured below houses multiple robotic platforms that serve as advanced operational testbeds for research and development.
The WVRTC maintains multiple robotic platforms for technology development in the field of space robotics. The robotic platforms are flexible and are used to test machine vision algorithms, compliance operations, haptic sensors and teleoperation procedures for satellite servicing operations. The WVRTC and staff are very collaborative and invite inquiries for potential interactions.