Nov 13 2008

Future space missions to rely on human-robot partnership

NASA: Future space missions to rely on human-robot partnership
As astronauts push out into the expanse of space, robots will be their companions, helpers

November 12, 2008 (Computerworld) The future of space exploration will depend on humans and robots working hand in hand as manned and unmanned missions head back to the moon, to Mars and the farther expanses of space, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Robots have already made their way into several missions, but Carl Walz, director of advanced capabilities at NASA and a former astronaut, said that “we’re just starting to scratch the surface of these concepts. It’ll be absolutely critical. What we’re trying to do is figure out how best to incorporate human exploration and robots. I think the nature of exploration will be different [because of robots].”

Full article (via Computerworld)