The project is to produce modules that can perform general-purpose functions of satellites combined with robots in space. The project proposes to reduce the cost for future space systems and enable multi-functional, innovative and adaptive space structures and capabilities beyond today s fixed-purpose space systems.
The project is designed to strategically advance the technologies for future space systems. Based on self-Reconfigurable modular systems, StarCell is expected to make breakthroughs in the related research areas and pave the way for building space elements that have diverse functions and low cost and risk.
The proposed StarCell modules are based on recent advancements in self-reconfigurable robots and a new morphology of satellite construction, called satlets. USC ISI intends to design and build the modules to commingle USC state-of-the-art robotic-modules with NovaWurks Hyper-Integrated Satlets (HiSat). The StarCell modules would be launched into space, self-assemble into multiple structures and perform satellite and robotic functions. They would offer flexible, affordable and adaptive structures and functions for space applications. The StarCell project signifies a potentially gigantic leap forward in future space exploration. By producing cellular modules that allow for self-assembly and reconfiguration, as needed, the project may enable multiple mission functions at a fraction of the cost of traditional space technology.