GMV is a privately owned technological enterprise group with an international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV mainly operates in many large sectors for both public and private organizations. Currently, GMV employs more than 1100 staff. GMV Space operations and activities are integrated across its multiples subsidiaries located in Spain, USA, Asia, Portugal, UK, Germany, Romania, France and Poland respectively. GMV has extensive experience in robotics and software development, with experience gained through many robotics activities (link mainly in the frame of European Space Agency R&D activities but also within EU FP7 & H2020 projects.

GMV has extensive experience with ASSERT, the TASTE framework and the SAVOIR initiative through the participation in the following activities:

CORDET (ESA project): The COrDeT (Component Oriented Development Technique) studies have been supporting SAVOIR-FAIRE ESA working groups on the definition of the On-board Software Reference Architecture (OSRA) for space. The COrDeT-2 study started in September 2010 and finalized in December 2012. A development framework named the COrDeT-2 Tooling Framework was built up. The tooling framework is based on the Space Component Model (SCM) and fully understands OSRA and its internal organization. The toolset includes the graphical editor and implements transformation engines to generate the final executable image. This generation is tightly coupled with the TASTE tool chain. TASTE tools are used to produce the executable. Following the COrDeT-2 study, COrDeT-3 started in October 2013. In this case, the toolset is implemented as a proof of concept of the OSRA specification and the associated meta-model of the component model. COrDeT-3 was based on open-source tools

SAVOIR- FAIRE, SAVOIR-SAFI and SAVOIR-IMA Working Groups: GMV is member of the SAVOIR-FAIRE, SAVOIR-SAFI and SAVOIR-IMA working groups devoted to harmonize the development of the embedded systems for space programs, considering the need to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the development process and taking into account the trend towards more functionality implemented by the onboard building blocks (i.e. HW and SW components, and more complexity for the overall space mission objectives). In addition, GMV, as prime of COrDeT-3 activity have reported the main results on the specification of the On-Board Software Reference Architecture (OSRA) to SAVOIR-FAIRE and SAVOIR-IMA working groups.

VERICOCOS (Verification Of Computer Controlled Systems). The objectives of this activity are:

  • To confirm the applicability and subsequently open the door to the generalized use of state machines for the specification, design, verification and implementation of onboard software
  • To apply tools on a space-representative case study, and extend the tools if necessary to fit existing processes
  • To further develop and test behavioural and data modelling tools to support the implementation of electronic data sheets
  • To provide training material with the result of the study to disseminate the acquired knowledge and know-how on the topic of behavioural modelling

FMSIS (File Management Services Standardization). The main goal of this activity consists in the definition, the analysis and the verification of Mass Memory requirements in close cooperation with the SAVOIR-MASAIS Working Group.

In the mobile robotics area, GMV has a wide experience in diverse projects for the European Space Agency (ESA) like EGP-ROVER (all-terrain 800Kg rover with two robotic arms at its front emulating a centaur concept), ProViScout (stereovision-based autonomous navigation) and RAT (rover autonomy test-bed). GMV also leads the FOXIRIS team in the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas & Oil Sites) Challenge, a 3-year competition funded by the oil and gas company TOTAL with the support of the French National Research Agency (ANR), with the aim of promoting the development of advance robotics capabilities in the Oil&Gas industry.