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Robots in space 

Robot space explorers

No longer exclusively the realm of science fiction, sending robots out into space has become a reality in the last couple of decades. Perhaps they are not robots in the sense of androids or humanoid robots but they certainly are automated machines, programmed to perform specific tasks, to respond to situations and so forth.

The next generation of these robot explorers have already landed on Mars and are exploring this world for us, albeit in a limited way. Future generations of robot space explorers may prepare mining and other exploitations, dig for water and even build us habitats, ready to move in.

As mentioned before (see Robot Introduction), using robots as space explorers, space habit builders and robot miners has enormous advantages over sending humans as a first. They require significantly less in terms of "living and working" in hostile environments such as space and other planets, than humans do, being much more cost effective initially.


Robots and space technology


The Nanorover 3 from JPL, space robot explorers - Links999.
The Nanorover 3 from JPL, designed to be used for robotic space exploration. (c) JPL.

Gofor, with active center of gravity compensation.
Gofor, with active center of gravity compensation. (c) JPL.

The ARES (Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey), a robot glider that could be used to explore other worlds with an atmosphere, for example Mars. (c) NASA.



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