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Posted on : Thursday 18th June 2020 10:09 AM

Robonaut and Astrobee Will Work Together on Space Station

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NASA has two robots that will, hopefully, be functioning on the International Space Station (ISS) this year. There’s Robonaut, a humanoid (complete with legs) that will be on its way up there later this year, as well as Astrobee, a family of three free-flying robotic cubes that are definitely on the ISS as of a few weeks ago.


Astrobee and Robonaut are absolutely different in both form and function, but that just indicates that they have skills and abilities that complement each other, and the teams running on these robots have been making plans for on-orbit teamwork. To learn more about this collaboration, we spoke to Astrobee technical lead Trey Smith and Robonaut project manager Julia Badger.


From the good of things, once both Astrobee and Robonaut have been examined out on-station, these collaborative tasks will be a fairly extreme priority. And since the robots have a significant amount of autonomy, requiring minimal crew tending, we’re positive that it’ll actually occur sooner rather than later. Hopefully, NASA will keep us up to date on how things go — and if they don’t, we’re entirely willing to visit the ISS in person just to see what’s up.

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