Thursday, July 12, 2007

EUROBOT Goes Swimming on the way to ISS

Hannes Drexl writes "I haven't found a
link to the article
w/video on the ESA website from July 6 about their three-legged
EUROBOT on your great news site yet"
. The ESA
EUROBOT is being developed to support the International Space
Station and has just completed underwater trials. It will be capable of
autonomous locomotion across the exterior of the ISS modules using
three appendages which serve as both arms and legs. The robot also has
a teleoperations mode that will allow astronauts to handle ISS repairs
remotely through the robot when needed. More photos of recent underwater
weightlessness simulation tests and of earlier autonomous
and teleoperation tests are also available on the ESA site.


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