German Astronaut Remote-Controlled a Humanoid Robot in Simulated Mars Environment

Published by , August 20, 2018 1:54 pm

(Xin.huanet) German astronaut Alexander Gerst remote controlled a semi-autonomous robot on earth as a part of a project by the European Space Agency (ESA). The mission was presented at a robotics facility of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) during a training session.
During the test, the humanoid robot was placed in a simulated Mars environment at DLR’s Robotics and Mechatronics Centre in the German city of Oberpfaffenhofen while Gerst commanded it via tablet computer from the orbiting ISS at an altitude of 400 km. the robot had to plug and unplug cables, open transport boxes and inspect components without the German astronaut dictating the required movements. The robot called Rollin’ Justin is a modular autonomous robot that can execute individual commands independently.

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