Thursday, March 8, 2012

Russian android to do space repairs, play chess


Alexandra Zakharova
7.03.2012, 14:42
Russia will send its first android robot to the International Space Station. The SAR-400 will perform operations that are fairly simple, yet could pose a risk for astronauts such as unloading space cargo, screwing bolts or sealing cracks on the station’s outer surface. And during its free hours, it will entertain the crew by playing chess or checkers.
Russia will send its first android robot to the International Space Station. The SAR-400 will perform operations that are fairly simple, yet could pose a risk for astronauts such as unloading space cargo, screwing bolts or sealing cracks on the station’s outer surface. And during its free hours, it will entertain the crew by playing chess or checkers.SAR-400 can be remotely controlled from Earth and can copy the movements of a ground-based operator. If the operator raises his right arm or takes a pencil and starts writing the robot will do the same. But it can also work in an autonomous mode and even make independent decisions within its software framework.

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