Successful rendezvous: has a cosmonaut from the international space station ISS-controlled joystick a humanoid robot on Earth. After a successful handshake SpaceJustin nudged even with sparkling wine on the success. Precisely controlled over a distance of 400 km across.
The timeframe was very tight: flew less than ten minutes the international space station ISS, which rotates at 400 km distance around the Earth, over Europe. And only in these ten minutes was the ISS in direct connection with the German Center for air and space flight (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Scientists at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics used the time window to the cosmonauts Sergei Wolkow on the ISS to shake hands. Felt. Because virtual encounter also SpaceJustin was present. In upper pfaffenhoffen in the midst of the DLR researchers, controlled by Cosmonaut Volkov on the ISS.
Equal telepresence technology is used in medicine as in first remote controlled humanoid space robot.
Confusing? Yes and no: The trick is just another step of Robotics and Telepresence technology is called. With such remote control over large distances, already dangerous jobs in disaster areas can be done on the Earth. Similar technologies are used for remote minimally invasive medical procedures.
Adjustment of pressure and movement is complicated
In particular the adjustment of pressure and movement between the weightlessness in outer space and of the gravitational force on the Earth is new to the DLR experiment. For that alone, several experiments were needed in advance of the cosmological handshake.
So the Cosmonaut Oleg Komomenko controlled the robotic arm Rokviss, which was executing its commands in Oberpfaffenhofen in August of this year via joystick contour-2. In September, the Danish astronaut Andreas tested Morgensen ISS out of, how well does the transfer of haptic key feelings over long distances.
Movement and pressure on the force feedback felt
After this intensive preparation was now to deal with the direct connection in real time. With tact and finesse. For the first time, the movements and pressure the hand shaking were felt over force feedback. However, it was his joystick, which so sent the handshake SpaceJustin received him, as he had received himself at Sergei Wolkow.
Robot in future will repair satellites and wait for next task.
The Telepresence technology should serve in future, that robots like SpaceJustin can repair satellites in orbit and wait. The special haptic abilities of his hands can be as perceive by controlling man, as if it were locally.
SpaceJustin is equipped also with autonomous intelligence for the separate identification of objects. He thus alone can perform tasks. Can the crew on the ISS the arduous space walks save. Robots like SpaceJustin to later even help to collect the debris, which buzzes around the Earth and now represents a real danger.
Started with a glass of Prosecco
The DLR scientists demonstrated how delicate the Telepresence technology works, with a real classic. You came on this successful hands shake with Prosecco on. Cosmonaut Sergei Wolkow caused with his joystick that SpaceJustin take came also a glass in his left hand.
Because it was his first, he clutched the sensitive glass with all its mechanical fingers. Then the Russian raising to Alin albu-Schäffer HansJörg Dittus DLR – Board member and the Director of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. And then also the time window and that joined ISS had again left the airspace over Europe. Whether Sergei Wolkow aboard the ISS also promised a SIP of sparkling wine? You don’t know it. However, it is documented that there should be up there good espresso.