It looks like robots in space are going
to make headlines twice in the same week. Just a few days after a team of
researchers in Japan have announced their intentions to send a small companion
android to the International Space Station, NASA has jumped on the robots and
Though this story is a little bit
different. Instead of sending the robot to the International Space Station the
research team is keeping the bot on terra firma and instead using the International
Space Station as the worlds most remote control.
The purpose of this test, which took
place in mid-June, was to test the range capacity for piloting robots remotely
on other worlds. After all if they can run a robot from the space station
nothing stops us from sending it to the moon, or other bodies in our solar
system to explore the lay of the land and get readings.
In this test the robots used was a K10
rover. The operator watched a real
time video feed to make decisions for the bot.
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