The ISS has completed the first tests of “robot bees”

NASA astronaut Anne McClain finished the first series of testing equipment for one of the three robots Astrobee – Bumble — on the International space station. On Board the Japanese experimental module “Kibo” on February 15 this year there was installed a special charging station for the robots. Currently on the ISS Bumble and Honey launched into orbit on 17 April, will be able to use it for recharging their batteries, connecting yourself to her.

30 APR Anne McClain unpacked Bumble and supported by a team of project developers Astrobee, located in the Research center named Ames NASA conducted a review of all auxiliary systems of the robot avionics, cameras and propulsion systems, as well as data transfer and charging. Full exploitation of robots is expected to begin very soon.

In NASA noted that the robots would be the automated service the ISS, as well as in the collection of data for improvement the following devices. The Agency believes that such robots will be able to play a major role in the Agency’s programme to return humans to the moon as well as other projects aimed at the study of deep space. The use of robots will allow to pass on them difficult, dangerous and routine work, while the astronauts are busy with more important tasks, scientific experiments and research. NASA expects that it will also allow to reduce the number of astronauts on Board.

Robot Bumble mounted on the charging station

Astrobee is a freely flying robot system that will provide a research platform for the orbital laboratory. The main purpose Astrobee — test automated platforms in microgravity. The ISS only sent two robots series Astrobee, but will soon be sending a third “of roopkala” by Queen.

“Astrobee prove that robots can improve human studies. Conducting such experiments in microgravity will ultimately allow us to develop new hardware and software for future space missions,” — noted in the American space Agency.

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