23 Jan '15, 4pm

Can a robot helicopter fly on Mars? The answer to this question and much more on Video Friday

Can a robot helicopter fly on Mars? The answer to this question and much more on Video Friday

“With Haptics-1 we are paving the way towards an entirely new type of combined human-robotic mission,” says Dr. Andre Schiele, the principal investigator of the experiment and founder of the ESA Telerobotics & Haptics Laboratory. “We are investigating in great detail the limits of human perception and the ability of robotics to apply fine forces and manipulations in a weightless environment. This experiment allows us to understand the technology boundaries for advanced robotic equipment to support human astronauts in space. With Haptics-1, this type of science and technology experiment is taking place for the first time in space.” Before today neither the ESA, NASA nor any other space-fairing nation have gained detailed experience in this domain. In addition to measuring physiological parameters, Haptics-1 provides important insights on how force-reflection from a remote r...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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