03 Feb '12, 1pm

Robots Aboard the International Space Station

Robots Aboard the International Space Station

NASA's doing a good job of keeping the International Space Station well-stocked with robots just in case there's a surprise alien invasion. Robonaut 2 is up there, along with a pack/fleet/swarm/assemblage of SPHERES robots. NASA's Ames Research Center, Johnson Space Center, and MIT have put together a little vid to keep us all up to date with their on-orbit robot happenings and how they plan to give Robonaut his own personal spaceship rear-attachment. I love the idea of turning SPHERES into little space-Roombas that take sensor readings instead of snuffling up dirt, but from an outside perspective, it's a little bit frustrating that this is all taking so long to implement. I recognize that all of these robots are up in freakin' outer space so things can't be rushed, but Robonaut 2 was launched just over a year ago and SPHERES have been aboard the ISS for over five years. T...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/aerospace/robotic-expl...

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