SARTC members convene semiannually during spring and fall. Due to COVID-19, our spring 2020 meeting will be held over teleconference.more...
Our next SARTC conference will be sponsored by the AIAA Ascend Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 16-18, 2020more...
We contribute annually to the special year-end edition of the AIAA Aerospace America Magazine.more...
The Space Automation and Robotics Committee (SARTC) has interests in technology development, applications, and mission relating to all aspects of space automation and robotics. The committee allows AIAA to be a leader in this technology area by offering a forum for space industry professionals to share the latest developments in space automation and robotics.
SARTC seeks to:
- Maintain technical expertise and provide a technical resource in the area of space automation and robotics within AIAA,
- Organize and facilitate technical interchange meetings,
- Recognize significant contributions to the advancement of the development and application of space automation and robotics through the SAR Award,
- Advance the understanding of space automation and robotics within the technical community by sponsoring conference session, workshops, and technical discussions, and
- Encourage outreach to students, educators and the public and encourage the publication of technical papers, AIAA position papers, public policy support and articles to advocate the need for and value of space automation and robotics.
Gardell Gefke has 36 years of experience in the US Air Force and in the aerospace industry. Presently and for the last eight years, the chief robotic systems Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Exploration and In-Space Services (ExIS) projects division. Gardell serves as robot systems lead for OSAM-1, the robotic refueling of Landsat 7, and formerly for NASA's Asteroid robot redirect mission (ARRM) and CAESAR a comet sample return mission, a New Frontiers four proposal effort, and robot systems for Mars Sample Return Capture, Containment, and Return System.
Dr. Jian-Feng (PhD, PEng, PMP) has over 20 years of experience in spacecraft and robotics GNC. Jian-Feng has lead various flight mission analyses at MDA including the ISS free-flyer robotic capture, dynamic simulator designs and satellite servicing mission planning. Jian-Feng received his B.Eng (2001), M.Sc (2004) in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies respectively. Jian-Feng received his PhD (2019) in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. Jian-Feng is currently a Senior GNC Engineer at MDA specialising in machine vision, machine learning, spacecraft GNC and robotics.
Dr. Erik Komedera (PhD) is an associate professor at Virginia Technologies College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Erik specializes in Autonomous assembly and construction; Space robotics; Field robotics; Perception; Mapping and state estimation for precise and accurate robotic operations in large workspaces; Multi-agent motion planning and control; Collaborative manipulation; Machine learning for detection, classification, and correction of off-nominal events in field robotics applications.
Our members represent space industry, academia, and government agencies from North America and Europe.
Membership meetings occurs twice a year, full members must attend at least one meeting each year in person. The 2020 spring meeting will be held over teleconference due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be providing the details of the teleconference to our membership soon. If you like to become a member, you must be an AIAA member in good standing and have attended two consecutive SARTC meetings in person before you can be voted into SARTC by our current standing members. Our meeting consists of: execution of SARTC business; conference planning; discussions on space robotic standards; nomination and selection of the AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Award; promotion of conferences and student out-reach events; lighting presentations from member organizations; member networking; membership dinner; tour of host facility and space robotics related companies, university laboratories or government agency facilities.
The 2020 SARTC conference will be held within the AIAA Ascend Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 16-18, 2020. Our conference topic is Space Exploration Architecture & Enabling Infrastructure, the main theme is On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM)
The SARTC AIAA Year-In-Review article provides the most important technical breakthroughs, tests and programmatic milestones that took place each year in the field of space automation and robotics. Our members make contribution to the article show-casing their achievements.