Two years later, the ISS will be the Japanese robotic avatars
By 2020, on board the International Space Station may appear several Japanese robots, which will deal with the most dirty and dangerous work, while the present ISS crew will be able to devote himself to a more comprehensive and scientific projects. However, sending robotic handyman assistant to the ISS - a preliminary target of the Japanese Space Agency JAXA, which together with the startup GITAI is developing robots, avatars, with which the people on Earth will be able to perform the work in space by using telepresence technology.
"With the help of robotics, we want to solve the problem of cost and safety of human travel into space. In particular, we are talking about development-telepresutstviya robots as a practical and technological point of view to create them faster and easier than full-fledged autonomous robots, "- says CEO GITAI Shaw Nakanose.
The system works is quite simple. The operator controls the robot in the world with the help of a suit with sensors and a head-mounted display. Humanoid robot avatar on orbit in real time the operator executes the command.
In yet another video from GITAI shows how the robot performs different actions in an environment close to the ISS environment. He controls the various switches, opens a box with tools and perform other small tasks.
Each robot Gitai, who will travel to the ISS, will be equipped with a 360-degree camera for video streaming to Earth. The signal delay between the robot in orbit and on the ground operator will be about 60 milliseconds.
"However, with the management of similar machines on the moon might be a problem. Due to the large distance signal delay in one direction will be at least 1, 2 seconds. That is, the operator will have after each action of about 2, 5 seconds to see how the robot carried it out. Therefore, we think that in this case, you need to use semi-autonomous robots "- Nakanose notes.
"We are attracted to the work of Doctor of Science, who developed autonomous robots, so our research has also focused on the active development of such machines", - added the head of GITAI.
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