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Tech & Science ISS astronauts to test remote controlled rovers

05:40  14 november  2019
05:40  14 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Currently, rovers are controlled by preprogrammed software that responds to commands sent from Earth by scientists, a process that This month's experiment will last two hours, while ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano attempts to control a lunar rover from an orbiting workstation in the ISS with a

The ISS has been visited by astronauts , cosmonauts and space tourists from 18 different nations. Prominent among these is the Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound in Microgravity study in which astronauts perform ultrasound scans under the guidance of remote experts.

a truck cake sitting on top of a ramp: The Analog-1 Interact rover located near the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands is controlled by a surrogate astronaut based at the European Astronaut Center in Germany. The cones mark out a route that the rover has to follow to get to the sample site. European Space Agency © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The Analog-1 Interact rover located near the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands is controlled by a surrogate astronaut based at the European Astronaut Center in Germany. The cones mark out a route that the rover has to follow to get to the sample site. European Space Agency

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will get their shot this month at remotely piloting a lunar rover on Earth, according to NASA. The test is the final step in an ongoing project to develop future remote rover piloting on both the moon and Mars by astronauts in orbit. 

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on the International Space Station ( ISS ) at the time — remotely operated the K10 planetary rover in an outdoor robotic test area known as the Roverscape. Robots will complement human explorers, allowing astronauts to perform work via remote control from a space station , spacecraft or other

Scientists aboard the ISS are to remotely control a lunar robot on Earth in a new test designed to study the viability of exploring other planets and With a nearby astronaut at the rover ’s controls , scientists could more efficiently explore a planned target, take advantage of a surprise opportunity or

Currently, rovers are controlled by preprogrammed software that responds to commands sent from Earth by scientists, a process that involves lengthy delays. Researchers are looking for a better scientific return on rover missions.

"This is a potential scientific scenario during future missions to the Moon and Mars," European Space Agency scientist William Carey, a principal investigator for the experiment, said in a NASA release. "Space is such a harsh place for humans and machines. Future exploration of the solar system may involve sending robotic explorers to test the waters on uncharted planets before sending humans."

This month's experiment will last two hours, while ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano attempts to control a lunar rover from an orbiting workstation in the ISS with a sensory-feedback joystick. Ground communications will assist Parmitano as he navigates the rover over moonlike terrain near the town of Noordwijk in the Netherlands.  

NASA said the results will be particularly valuable as the organization looks to explore the moon during its moon-to-Mars Artemis program. 

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