The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that astronaut Luca Parmitano had successfully remotely controlled the Dutch test base rover from the International Space Station (ISS) through obstacle courses and collected rock samples,media Slash Gear reported. ESA has developed technology for remote operation of the rover from space.
The rover is a key technology for exploring planets, satellites and even large asteroids. NASA currently has two rovers on Mars and plans to launch another soon. Other space agencies and private companies are also working to create their own rovers for other space missions of the future.
These rovers have a variety of instruments for studying the surface of celestial bodies, as well as armatures, power systems and communication systems that can be managed from Earth. However, sending commands to a rover and manually controlling its operations over a long distance is two different things.
“We’re developing systems for astronauts that work with robots to achieve capabilities that go far beyond their own,” explains EsA project manager Kjetil Wormnes. It will take several weeks for the Rover to complete the work of the Luca and Analog-1 rovers in half an hour.
Analog-1 is the name of the rover that runs as part of the test. EsA said it took less than 30 minutes for Luca and Analog-1 to complete a comprehensive review of the Technology on the International Space Station, which orbits the Earth at a speed of 28,000 km/h.
ESA explains that to help control the process, its technology involves “force feedback” that allows operators to feel the “feel” movement of the rover. The joystick for remote control of the rover has six motion angles that combine the ability of humans to think quickly and assess them with the long-distance travel and survey capabilities of the hardware.
In this case, the purpose of the Isse is to simulate the future final control of the rover over the planned lunar orbiting space station Gateway and other space outposts. ESA plans to conduct additional tests on the system in the near future.