NASA joins Australia to develop new space robot technology

Robotics will be a key component in helping humans make longer-term progress in space exploration. NASA recently struck a new partnership with Western Australia called AROSE. It is reported that the advanced research and development center will focus on the space robot hardware manufacturing and control technology.

NASA joins Australia to develop new space robot technology

Infographic (from: WAToday, via BGR)

AROSE, known as the Australian Space and Earth Remote Operation, aims to develop control technology for robotic systems deployed into space that is expected to support equipment orbiting the moon, and even on the lunar surface and Mars.

The new facility is expected to be operational in five years, employing about 1,500 people and playing an important role in future space missions.

Wa’s Minister for Science, Innovation and Communication Technology Dave Kelly said in a statement:

Almost all operations of the new moon landing and Mars mission will be able to be carried out remotely. So launching into space is just one part of it.

Remote control will be an important part of building a moon-orbiting space station, after all, we can’t support engineering teams of up to 100 people at the same time.

If all could be done remotely on Earth, Western Australia would become a global leader in the field.