It’s no surprise that robots are working on Earth instead of humans, and now they’re going to space again. A Japanese start-up called GITAI is developing a new technology that plans to simulate robots rather than send human astronauts into space. GITAI’s propaganda is straightforward: sending astronauts into space is dangerous and expensive.
Originaltitle Robots to replace astronauts? The startup wants to send Avatar into space.
Journalist Yu Xiaochen
If a long-range robot or semi-automatic robot were to replace the work, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), or the Japan Space Agency, could reduce the cost of sending an astronaut to the space station by 90 percent, Bloomberg reported. The main problem in this process is to allow robots to function enough to replace humans.
Specifically, under the remote control of humans, robots conduct research in space while maintaining long working hours. Just as pilots operate drones, astronauts are equipped with surround screens and VR devices that can remotely move robotic arms or control these “Avatar” robots, making space research cheaper and safer.
As early as 2018, JAXA proposed the Avatar X program, which it hopes will create an “Avatar” robot that could replace human exploration into space.
In 2019, JAXA and GITAI will partner to launch long-range operating robots into space. Sho Nakanose, co-founder and chief executive of GITAI, said he hopes to address the costs and safety of human travel using robotics.
GITAI, a research firm in the space robotics sector, is a robotics start-up with offices in Japan and the United States. The company’s focus on replacing astronauts with robots is aimed at reducing the burden on astronauts, reducing the time spent working in space, and significantly reducing costs.
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Previously, in the model of KIbo, the Japanese experimental module of the International Space Station, GITAI tried to replace the astronauts with a GITAI robot based on a series of astronaut missions provided by JAXA, and finally found that the GITAI robot successfully completed 72% of its functions.
The challenge, however, is to develop robots that can truly replace humans. Last year, GITAI released a demo sample of a robot that can handle tasks but occasionally falls. Still, CEO Sho Nakanose remains optimistic about the future of space robots.
In recent times, Japan’s big companies have also begun to favor the study of long-range robots. On May 12 this year, Sony AI, a unit of the Sony Group, announced that it had reached a basic cooperation agreement with Japanese airline All Nippon Airways Group’s avatarin to jointly develop the next generation of remote control robots in conjunction with Sony AI’s artificial intelligence, robotics and avatarin technology.