NASA has deployed a second Astrobee free-flying robot called Honey on the International Space Station (ISS),media reported. Like the first Astrobee, the new robots are designed to help astronauts on the space station do their daily tasks and allow humans to spend their time on more pressing tasks.
The Astrobee system is known to support up to three free-flying robots that are charged via a docking station.
Astronauts on THE ISS were busy with scientific experiments, but their work had to be interrupted to be able to perform housework and other mechanical activities on the space station on a regular basis. In response, NASA developed the Astrobee Robotics System to help them accomplish these important tasks so they could devote more time to research.
Over the weekend, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano completed preliminary tests for a second honey’s Astrobee robot, NASA said. It was learned that the robot has been connected to the Astrobee main docking system, which will wake the robot to work.
Honey joined the first Astrobee-Bumble to work on ISS and will eventually complete the entire system with a third robot, Queen, which is expected to be launched to ISS next July. Because all the robots are the same, NASA gave Honey a different color than Bumble so that astronauts could distinguish the two machines.
In addition, NASA explained that because the first robot had begun to map the entire interior of isS, it would not take as long to put Honey into use than Bumble. The map will eventually be used by Astrobee robots to navigate.