Space ROS Community Working Group Meeting


do we have the recording yet?

I could not attend last night (where I am) but would like to catch up.

Kind Regards,

You can find a recording of the working group on our Vimeo account.

The video should be available shortly.


Below are the minutes from the meeting:

The event was attended by over 65 people with representatives from PickNik, Maxar, Gitai, Wind River, Rogue Space, Emergent, Acceleration Robotics, Motiv Space Systems, SwRI, Open Robotics, Aerovironment, Intermodalics, TRACLabs, Mission Control Space Services, SDLE, Canonical, Object Computing, Migeran, Microsoft, LAAS CNRS, Blue Origin, Triplelift, Red Canyon, ESA, Near Space Labs, Wason Technology, KBR, and many others.

After a brief intro by PickNik CEO Dave Coleman, Josh Mehling (NASA STMD Principal Technologist for Robotics) spoke about how NASA wants to facilitate the existence of Space ROS. NASA is a big supporter of broader ROS use. Evan Laske from NASA JSC echoed Josh’s sentiment and is excited about the potential to advance dexterous manipulation for space applications.

Terry Fong, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at the NASA Ames Research Center, spoke next. Terry has been advocating for ROS in space as early as 2013 (!). Terry articulated NASA’s point of view which is focused on trying to push robotics into space in ways that are (1) faster in terms of development, (2) interoperable, and (3) lowering the barrier to entry. He has seen the big impact ROS has had terrestrially. It is important for NASA to hear that it’s not just a few people inside of NASA who are interested in Space ROS. NASA needs to see Space ROS become a self-sustaining community that does not die the instant NASA stops funding it. NASA has a system engineering risk management process to minimize the chance of having ``a bad day,‘’ but this very expensive and time consuming.

Next, Steven! Ragnarök, Robotics Software Engineer at Open Robotics, gave a quick review of the work that Open Robotics has done so far on Space ROS. They have spun up the initial Space ROS infrastructure, and the sync between SpaceROS and ROS 2 Humble. Some of the changes are linting related, but a lot of changes went upstream (in ROS 2). Steven clarified that OSRF manages github access to space-ros repositories. The new Space ROS website can be found at

Sean Kolk from PickNik talked about how ITAR might affect Space ROS and the value of Space ROS outside of the US to, e.g., ESA. He also mentioned the joint response that PickNik and Open Robotics submitted to the NASA RFI Strategic Technology Framework “EXPLORE&LAND Thrusts”, which advocates for further development of Space ROS.

Dave Coleman, CEO at PickNik, talked about our plans for Space MoveIt, a flight-ready version of MoveIt that is built on top of Space ROS. PickNik is committed to Space ROS and is in the process of establishing a Technical Steering Committee to help guide its development.

Austin Probe from Emergent Space Technologies did some initial work on Space ROS under a NASA contract. However, their work on Space ROS is mostly ITAR-covered and he is still determining how to transition some of this work to the open source community.

Ivan Perez (NASA / KBR) talked about the software runtime monitoring / verification tools that he has been working on that can be used to get Space ROS flight certified: OGMA and copilot. Anastasia Mavridou (NASA Ames) mentioned requirements tools like FRET that are a useful component of the validation and verification process.

Stephen Hart mentioned some of the work that TRACLabs has done to create interoperability between ROS 2 and cFS (core Flight System).

The meeting ended with PickNik discussing the formation of a working group to meet together and start pushing this initiative forward, and Emergent saying they also have some ideas for setting up a Technical Steering Committee which we will all discuss more on very soon.


Hi Austin, I sent you an email, please check your inbox. I’m looking for ways to contribute either via the TSC or other ways.


Thanks for coordinating Austin. I look forward to help coordinate all the efforts working on this endeavor.

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Great initiative. Any idea when will be the next meet? I would like to join as well.

Thank you for tuning in, everyone. I’ve opened a topic for informal feedback on what you are looking for to take the next step with SpaceROS here:

SpaceROS Community Interest

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