In science fiction movies, it will become a reality for robots to help astronauts work. Gitai, a Japanese robot start-up, is developing a new technology to send telepresence simulation robots into space in the future to replace astronauts in handling difficult tasks. Previously, Gitai cooperated with JAXA to study the practicability of robots.
It is reported that sending astronauts on missions is dangerous and expensive. If a remote-controlled semi-automatic robot can replace this task, the space agency estimates that it will save 90% of the related costs.
As NASA opened the international space station to private enterprises and began to implement the Artemis program, people realized that space exploration is becoming more and more complex and it is necessary to control costs.
It is understood that Gitai remote control robot allows astronauts to work for a long time in the orbital space station and perform long-distance operations. This will not only reduce the risk, but also shorten the spaceman’s mission time. Just like a pilot operating a UAV, an astronaut equipped with a surround screen and virtual reality (VR) device can move a robot arm or control the whole robot from a distance.
Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki said that robots can share the manual work in space and help handle trivial matters, and ultimately humans can complete space missions under remote control.
Because robots don’t need air, heating, food and water to support human life, space agencies can reduce the launch frequency of rockets. These robots can walk like astronauts, assemble space stations, build bases and maintain aircraft.