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I droni a bordo della ISS 14.01.13

La NASA sta testando a bordo della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale piccoli droni, chiamati Smart SPHERES, in grado di monitorare l'ambiente circostante e interagire con esso.

The Smart SPHERES, located in the Kibo laboratory module, were remotely operated from the International Space Station's Mission Control Center at Johnson to demonstrate how a free-flying robot can perform surveys for environmental monitoring, inspection and other routine housekeeping tasks.

In the future, small robots could regularly perform routine maintenance tasks allowing astronauts to spend more time working on science experiments. In the long run, free-flying robots like Smart SPHERES also could be used to inspect the exterior of the space station or future deep-space vehicles.