Press Release

Altius Space Machines Wins Contract to Develop Touch-to-Grasp Gripper with JPL

By SpaceRef Editor
September 19, 2012
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Altius Space Machines is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, CA. to provide engineering services as part of the DARPA Phoenix Program. The goal of the DARPA Phoenix Program is to develop and demonstrate technologies to cooperatively repurpose valuable components from retired, nonworking satellites and demonstrate the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost.

Altius Space Machines will work with JPL to develop a Gecko Gripper Touch-to-Grasp tool incorporating JPL’s synthetic Gecko adhesive technology that mimics the ability of Gecko lizards to adhere to walls.

This effort will leverage previous work done by Altius on uncooperative capture mechanisms. About Altius Space Machines, Inc.

Altius Space Machines is a Louisville, Colorado based space technology company founded with the goal of reducing barriers to space commerce. Altius is currently developing rendezvous and docking solutions using its Sticky Boom(TM) non-cooperative capture technology, for space stations and propellant depots, manned spaceflight, satellite servicing, and other applications. For more information visit

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Press Contacts
William Bolton
VP, Business Development
Altius Space Machines

SpaceRef staff editor.