Friday, October 19, 2012

Robot to be controled from Space Station

The next step in human exploration of the solar system will probably involve astronauts controlling rovers on the surface of the moon, mars or an asteroid from a vehicle orbiting above.  NASA and ESA plan to test this concept next week when an astronaut aboard the ISS will operate a robot on earth.

ESA - ESA Spacecraft Operations - Using space internet to control robots: "ESA and NASA have tested a communications protocol that will allow astronauts to control robots from space stations orbiting planets or asteroids. The test marks the way for a trial-run with an astronaut on the International Space Station next week.

Last week a Space Station user centre at the University of Boulder, USA sent a command to a NASA laptop on the International Space Station to start a script that controlled the Mocup robot at ESA’s ESOC operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
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