There are three robots. International Space station have rights on this and they are called as the Astrobees. NASA built this. These three robots have catchy names like Honey, Queen, and Bumble. So these robots will work alongside astronauts on the future mission.
There is some purpose behind these robots and the main purpose is to provide zero gravity testbed for guest scientists to try out new robotic technologies in space. Astrobee project manager at NASA`s Ames Research Center in California`s Silicon Valley, “Astrobee will prove out robotic capabilities that will enable and enhance human exploration. Performing such experiments in zero gravity will ultimately help develop new hardware and software for future space missions.”
How does it work?
These three robots, Honey, Queen, and Bumble don’t operate independently. Each of them includes electric fans. They have their part of the free-flying robot system. The aimed purposes of these robots are like, it should be flexible and versatile in whatever their work in ISS, for that they have modular hardware and software design. Each of them has got three payloads bays. There are leaving nine ports for astronauts to install new hardware in the future.
With NASA`s spirit of discovery, NASA`s Astrobee software is open source that we can find it on GitHub. There, NASA says that the “Astrobee Robot Software performs vision-based localization, provides autonomous navigation, docking, and perching, manages various sensors and actuators, and supports user interaction via screen-based displays, light signaling, and sound.”
Astrobee stands for
As the robot stand, Astrobees each have built-in software and six cameras. So, for now, these are doing maintenance work like monitoring equipment and performing inventory. Because of this, scientists can more focus on meaningful tasks. These robots are able to do these tasks solo. They can fly around the station independently. Also the astronauts are going to guide this. It can be back on the Earth because of cameras and microphones that will allow them to be remotely monitored.
Expectations of NASA from Robots
They have completed the first hardware checks. When the Astobees arrive, the astronauts will make their first attempt at flying the robots. NASA is conducting basic tests for Robots, to see that these robots are able to perform autonomous docking and undocking for charging or not.
The important role of Astrobees
Robots like Astrobees could play an extremely important role in the space upkeep as NASA turns toward returning humans to the moon and visiting mars for the first time. Astrobees are playing their role as a caretaker of astronauts in the orbit, on the surface.
There is a floating robot which is no surprise to the ISS. Last year the European Space Agency sent a robot named CIMON to the station. CIMON was an interactive assistant with a personality that was designed to answer questions and help crew members with various tasks. But not everything went according to plan, however, CIMON had a bit of an emotional breakdown when it was asked to stop playing the German electronic band Kraftwerk.