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Surface Avatar - Astronaut aboard ISS controls robotics team on Earth

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are developing key technologies such as telepresence robotics for the exploration of space, including the Moon and Mars. This will allow robots on a distant planet to carry out tasks commanded by a human from a spacecraft in orbit. The ‘Surface Avatar’ mission team at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen has now demonstrated how this could work. From the International Space Station (ISS), a single person, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, simultaneously controlled several robots on Earth, allowing them to act partially or fully autonomously as required. This human-robot team collaboration is a first and the successful start of a new series of ISS experiments. 

The Surface Avatar project is led by the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics and is carried out in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
The entire press release can be found on DLR’s news page.