The Russian component of the International Spaceport station is preparing to release a brand-new robot arm fit with an elbow joint, shoulder and also wrist.
Astronauts will certainly utilize the European Robot Arm (AGE) as a “3rd staff participant” to move freight straight to and also from the Spaceport station, without the demand for spacewalks.
Dutch astronaut André Kuipers understands exactly how difficult a stroll outside of the ISS can be.
” The spacewalks that several of the astronauts do are challenging, taking a great deal of time, power, oxygen, and also there’s some threat entailed. So we wish to prevent this type of after-school activities if they’re not required, if they can be done by a robot arm”, he stated.
At 11-metres long, the AGE can raise to 8 lots and also be run with a precision of 5 millimetres.
It will certainly additionally have the ability to relocate hand-over-hand within the Russian component.
Among its initial work will certainly be to fit radiators to the beyond the component.
” In your residence, you utilize it (radiators) to heat up your house, however precede you placed the radiator outside and also the component utilizes it to do away with its warm,” claims Philipe Schoonejans, the European Area Firm’s AGE task supervisor.
Robot arms are currently in operation at the Canadian and also Japanese side of the ISS.