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Orbiting astronaut controls robot on Earth

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Orbiting astronaut controls robot on Earth, testing feasibility of CU-Boulder project on far side of the moon

An astronaut orbiting Earth in the International Space Station has remotely directed a NASA rover in California to unfurl an “antenna film” that scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder are developing for use on the unexplored far side of the moon.

When astronaut Chris Cassidy used a Space Station computer to pilot the robot across a mock lunar surface at NASA’s Ames Research Center on June 17, he demonstrated for the first time that an astronaut in an orbiting spacecraft could successfully control a robot in real time on a planetary surface. The technique could have future applications for humans visiting Mars, an asteroid or the moon.

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Station Astronauts Remotely Control Planetary Rover From Space

Just as remotely-operated vehicles help humans explore the depths of the ocean from above, NASA has begun studying how a similar approach may one day help astronauts explore other worlds. On June 17 and July 26, NASA tested the Surface Telerobotics exploration concept, in which an astronaut in an orbiting spacecraft remotely operates a robot on a planetary surface. In the future, astronauts orbiting other planetary bodies, such as Mars, asteroids or the moon, could use this approach to perform work on the surface using robotic avatars.

"The initial test was notable for achieving a number of firsts for NASA and the field of human-robotic exploration," said Terry Fong, Human Exploration Telerobotics project manager and director of the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., which designed and manages the tests. "Specifically, this project represents the first fully-interactive remote operation of a planetary rover by an astronaut in space."

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Space-Earth robotics

Hundreds of kilometres below ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano's floating feet on the Interntaional Space Station, a robot on Earth obeyed the European astronaut’s commands. NASA’s K10 planetary rover, a small, four-wheel robot, scouted a rocky, lunar-like terrain in the US.

Earlier on Luca’s mission, his crewmate, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, drove K10 from space around the Roverscape, an outdoor field at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA.

Space exploration will most likely involve sending robotic explorers to test the waters on uncharted planets before sending humans to land. ESA and NASA are running tests to prepare for these robotic explorers.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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