Presentation Slides

Deep Space Gateway (DSG) Science Workshop, Denver, February 27 — March 1

Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group presentation: February 21, 2018

231st American Astronomical Society Splinter Session: Astronomers, Astronauts and Robots: Enabling the Most Ambitious Future Space Observatories: National Harbor MD Jan 9, 2018

Papers and Reports


What Robotics in Space Can Enable: 2025-2035, Goddard Symposium Panel, Greenbelt MD, March 15, 2018.

"On-Orbit Assembly of Space Assets: A Path to Affordable and Adaptable Space Infrastructure" Dr. Danielle Piskorz and Dr. Karen L. Jones, The Aerospace Corporation.


Boyd, I., R. Buenconsejo, D. Piskorz, B. Lal, K. Crane, E. De La Rosa Blanco "On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft" Institute for Defense Analyses Paper P-8335.

Elmegreen, D., E. van Dishoeck, D. Spergel, R. Davies. "Report of the Kavli IAU Workshop on Global Coordination: Future Space-Based Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared Telescopes" July 17-19, 2017, Leiden.

Thronson, H., B. Peterson, M. Greenhouse, H. MacEwen, R. Mukherjee, R. Polidan, B. Reed, N. Siegler, H. Smith "Human space flight and future major space astrophysics missions: servicing and assembly" SPIE Proceedings Volume 10398, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VIII; 1039810 (2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274389


Breckinridge, J., and C. Lillie "Prime focus architectures for large space telescopes: reduce surfaces to save cost" SPIE

Dorsey, J. T., and J. Watson "Space Assembly of Large Structural System Architectures (SALSSA)" AIAA SPACE Forum 2016, DOI: 10.2514/6.2016-5481

Lee et al "Architecture for in-space robotic assembly of a modular space telescope" JATIS 2(4), 041207, DOI: 10.1117/1.JATIS.2.4.041207.


Hogstrom, K., P. Backes, J. Burdick, B. Kennedy, J. Kim, N. Lee, G. Malakhova, R. Mukherjee, S. Pellegrino, Y-H Wu "A robotically assembled 100-meter space telescope" 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto CA


Feinberg, L., J. Budinoff, H. MacEwen, G. Matthews, M. Postman "Modular assembled space telescope" Optical Engineering 52(9) 091802

Thronson, H, and D. Lester "Future In-space Operations (FISO): a working group and community engagement." The Space Review (2013).


Ambrose, R., B. Wilcox, B. Reed, L. Matthies, D. Lavery, D. Korsmeyer "Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems Roadmap" NASA

Raftery M and A. Derechin ."EXPLORATION PLATFORM IN THE EARTH-MOON LIBRATION SYSTEM BASED ON ISS" Proc. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, IT.


Thronson, H (ed.) "WORKSHOP ON CAPABILITIES FOR HUMAN HABITATION AND OPERATIONS IN CIS-LUNAR SPACE: WHAT’S NECESSARY NOW? Workshop Goals, Findings, and Summary Considerations" Sept 21-23, 2011, Galveston TX.

Thronson, H., D. Lester, and T. Talay "Human operations beyond LEO by the end of the decade: An affordable near-term stepping stone" Space Review, Jan 10, 2011.


Reed, B., J. Townsend, H. Thronson, M. Ahmed, A. Whipple, W. Oegerle "Early Results from NASA's Assessment of Satellite Servicing" SPIE

Thronson, H. A., D. Lester, R. Moe, G. Sulivan "Review of US Concepts for Post-ISS Space Habitation Facilities and Future Opportunities" AIAA Space 2010 Manuscript 818583

Thronson, H. "A Short History of On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Studies"

"On-Orbit Satellite Servincing Study Project Report" NASA GSFC


Thronson, H., D. Lester, A. Dissel, D. Folta, J. Stevens, J. Budinoff "Using NASA's constellation architecture to achieve major science goals in free space" 59th International Astronautical Congress.


Gralla, E. and O. De Weck, "Strategies for On-Orbit Assembly of Modular Spacecraft" JBIS, Vol. 60, pp. 219-227, 2007.


Lillie, C. "On-Orbit Assembly and Servicing for Future Space Observatories" AIAA 2006.

Tatsch, A. N. Fitz-Coy, S. Gladun "On-orbit Servicing: A Brief Study"


Lillie, C. "On-Orbit Assembly and Servicing of Future Space Observatories" SPIE proceedings.

Lester, D. et al; “Strategies for servicing the Single Aperture Far IR (SAFIR)Telescope”, Proc. SPIE 5899, 58990K-1 – 58990K-12 (2005).

Stevens, J. and D. King "Leveraging Exploration Capabilities for Space-based Astronomical Observatories" SPIE proceedings.


Akin, D. and M. Bowden "EVA, Robotic, and Cooperative Assembly of Large Space Structures" IEEE Trans.

Geffre, J. "Conceptual Design of a Lunar L1 Gateway Outpost" 53rd International Astronautical Congress 10-19 Oct, Houston, TX.

Saleh,J, E. Lamassoure, and D. Hastings "Space Systems Flexibility Provided by On-Orbit Servicing: Part 1" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 39 (4).

Lamassoure, E., J. Saleh, and D. Hastings "Space Systems Flexibility Provided by On-Orbit Servicing: Part 2" Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 39 (4).

Watson, J., T. Collins, H. Bush "A History of Astronaut Construction of Large Space Structures at NASA Langley Research Center"

Willenberg, H., S. Potter, J. Renfro, M.Fruhwirth, "Technology Status and Planners' Guide for In-Space Servicing Final Report"

"Orbital Aggregation and Space Infrastructure Systems (OASIS): Preliminary Architecture and Operations Analayis", Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts (RASC) at NASA Langley Research Center


Geffre, J. "Lunar L1 Gateway Conceptual Design Report" Advanced Development Office, Johnson Space Center, Report EX15-01-001

Willenberg, H., M. Fruhwirth, S. Potter "Site Selection and Deployment Scenarios for Servicing of Deep-Space Observatories" IEEE


Muller, R. "Robotic Assembly of a 20-Meter Space Telescope, with Extension to 40-Meter Space Telescopes" QSS Group, Inc report.


Muller, R. and D. Naik "Robotic Assembly Concept for the Next-Generation Space Telescope" Final Report


Mendell, W., S. Hoffman "Strategic Considerations for Cislunar Space Infrastructure" 44th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation.