In 1932, the pioneer of modern rocketry Robert Goddard wrote to author and sometime futurist H.G. Wells, "There can be no thought of finishing, for 'aiming at the stars,' both literally and figuratively, is a problem to occupy generations, so that no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the thrill of just beginning."
At the start of a new millennium, we have before us an opportunity for just such a beginning.
The focus of this research group is the space application of robotics. As we are venturing farther into space, robotic capabilities are becoming more important. Canada's involvement in space robotics began with a flourish with Canadarm and has continued with the remote manipulator system for the International Space Station as well as involvement in rover development. At present, Canada is looking to the future and to be actively involved in planetary missions where robotics plays a major role.
The Space Robotics Group is a team within the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), which is a research driven institute dedicated to advancing the aerospace field under the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Located in Toronto, Canada, the Space Robotics Group at UTIAS works along side the Canadian leaders in the field of robotics.