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TechnologyNASA's Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

10:00  19 may  2019
10:00  19 may  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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( NASA ) – NASA astronaut Anne McClain performs the first series of tests of an Astrobee robot , Bumble, during a hardware checkout. Bumble, the first Astrobee robot to power up in space , blinks while connected to its docking station in the Kibo module of the International Space Station.

NASA's Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft.

The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Station.

The bot won't float on its own until later in the spring, but it should be good to go -- including for automated recharging at its docking station, Kibo.

The robot and one of its companions, Honey, flew to the station on April 17th.

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Think you could build a better robot arm than NASA ? You now have a chance to prove it. The agency is teaming up with Freelancer to crowdsource ideas for the arm on Astrobee , a cute cube robot that will float around the International Space Station monitoring conditions and supplies.

NASA ; Business Insider. Astronauts locked inside the International Space Station (ISS) are about to get some new robotic friends: three autonomous cubes The free-flying robots are called Astrobees , and they might prowl around the ISS, film astronaut activities, power new science experiments, and

When in service, the Astrobee robots will effectively become spaceborne Roombas -- they'll test how well robots can handle day-to-day maintenance and assist the crew.

Ideally, future robots will take care of this drudgery so that humans can focus on more important tasks like science experiments and exploration. This could help the eventual return to the Moon (not to mention trips to Mars) by reducing the necessary astronaut headcount, or at least reducing the stress for those astronauts who make the journey.

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