After two years on the ISS the Japanese robotic avatars

By 2020 aboard the International space station may appear several Japanese robots that will do the most dirty and dangerous work, while the real crew of the ISS will be able to devote himself to a more comprehensive and scientific projects. However, sending handymen robotic assistants on the ISS is just a preliminary goal of Japanese space Agency JAXA, which, together with startup GITAI is developing robots and avatars with which the people on Earth will be able to perform work in space with the help of telepresence technology.

“With robotics, we want to solve the problem of cost and safety of human space travel. In particular, we are talking about the development of robotic telepresence, as from practical and technological points of view to create them easier and faster than a full-fledged Autonomous robots”, — says General Director GITAI Shaw Nakanome.

The system operation principle is rather simple. The operator on the Ground controls the robot with suit with sensors and virtual reality helmet. Humanoid robot-avatar orbiting in real time executes commands of the operator.

In another video from GITAI shows how the robot performs various actions in an environment similar to the ISS. It controls various switches, opens a box of tools and perform other small tasks.

Each robot GITAI, who will travel to the ISS, will be equipped with a 360-degree camera for streaming video to the Ground. The signal delay between the orbiting robot and the operator on the Ground will be about 60 milliseconds.

“However, with such cars on the moon can be a problem. Because of the large distance signal delay in one direction will be at least 1.2 seconds. That is, after each action the operator will have about 2.5 seconds to see how the robot did it. Therefore, we think that in this case will require the use of semi-Autonomous robots” — said Nakanome.

“We have involved doctors of science who have developed Autonomous robots, therefore, our study also aims at the active development of these machines,” — said the head GITAI.

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