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Besides the important mission of landing on the Moon, NASA has realized another mission of sending robotic bees to space. The robot is called Astrobee which will help scientists and engineers to develop and test technologies for use in zero-gravity.
According to NASA “Astrobee is a robot that will soon be flying around the International Space Station (ISS) alongside the astronauts. This compact, 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot cube is designed to: help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in zero-gravity; help the astronauts do their routine chores; and give flight controllers in Houston additional eyes and ears on spacecraft”.
“The robots will also help researchers on the ground carry out experiments, test new technologies and study human-robot interaction in space,” the space agency wrote in a post. “The robots will also help researchers on the ground carry out experiments, test new technologies and study human-robot interaction in space.”
NASA will send the robotic bees to the International Space Station later this month. So, the team of NASA developed and built the Astrobee at Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The government space agency said the robots, which are propelled by fans and sport a number of cameras and sensors, “were tested inside a special lab” in the California-based research center that mimics the interior of the ISS.
The space agency claimed “for example, with tens of thousands of tools and parts to keep track of, Astrobee can cruise the ISS to continually verify the location of items with its RFID scanner, instead of requiring astronauts to spend their time doing this by hand,” NASA said in a description of the robot. “Astrobee can also monitor environmental conditions such as air quality or sound levels, which can get very loud on the ISS, again freeing up the astronauts’ time while keeping them healthy.”
Source: Text; NASA
Image credit; NASA
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