Astronaut drives a rover on Earth from aboard the ISS
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen was tasked to place metallic peg right into a spherical gap in a activity board, which might have been very easy — if he weren’t in low-Earth orbit and 248 miles away from the setup. Mogensen managed a rover from aboard the Worldwide Area Station utilizing a drive-suggestions management system developed by the ESA. The system’s drive-suggestions joystick allowed him to really feel when the robotic meets resistance on the bottom, giving him higher management of its limbs with out that functionality. Because of the astronaut’s distance from the setup, there was a one-second lag, however the floor crew used “refined software program” to ensure the controller and the rover are in sync. It took Mogensen forty five minutes to perform the duty for the primary time, however the second try was extra promising and took solely 10 minutes.
In the event you recall, this know-how was first examined again in June by NASA astronaut Terry Virts whereas he was additionally aboard the ISS to “shake arms” with somebody on Earth. Sooner or later, it could possibly be used to remotely management rovers in harmful places, resembling collapsed buildings and irradiated areas, and even on the moon or on Mars.