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Welcome to the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center

Welcome to the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC), located in Fairmont, West Virginia.  The West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) performs research and technology development for robotic space operations and system solutions. Focal research areas include autonomy, machine vision, sensor fusion, relative navigation, advanced sensor systems, and robot control architectures. The WVRTC facility servers as a simulation laboratory with multiple robotic platforms for full-scale testing and evaluation.

West Virginia University, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and WVRTC are in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Satellite Projects Division (SSPD) located in Greenbelt, MD. SSPD and WVRTC jointly collaborate on mission objectives for in-space robotic satellite servicing and asteroid exploration.

Mollohan Building, located in Fairmont WV

Mollohan Research Center, Fairmont, WV


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