The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that astronaut Luca Parmitano successfully controlled a rover at a test site in the Netherlands from the International Space Station (ISS) to pass an obstacle course and collect rock samples,media SlashGear reported. ESA has developed technology for remotely operating rovers from space.

Rovers are key technologies for exploring planets, moons and even large asteroids. NASA currently has two rovers operating on Mars and plans to launch another soon. Other space agencies and private companies are also working on creating their own rovers for other future space missions.

These rovers have a variety of instruments for studying celestial surfaces, as well as armatures, power systems and communication systems that allow people to manage them from Earth. However, sending commands to a rover and manually controlling its operation over long distances in real-time are two different things.

ESA project manager Kjetil Wormnes explained: “We are developing systems for astronauts to work hand-in-hand with robots to achieve capabilities far beyond their own. It would take weeks for the rovers to complete the semi-circle of Luca and the Analog-1 rovers. work done in hours.

Analog-1 is the name of the rover that ran as part of this test. The ESA said that it took Luca and Analog-1 less than 30 minutes to complete a comprehensive inspection of the technology of the International Space Station, which orbits Earth at 28,000 km/h.

To help control the process, ESA explained, its technology involves “force feedback,” allowing the operator to feel the movements “felt” by the rover. The joystick used to remotely control the rover has six angles of motion, combining the human’s ability to think quickly and evaluate with the hardware’s ability to travel and investigate over long distances.

In this case, the purpose of the ISS is to simulate the future final control of the rover by the planned lunar orbiting space station Gateway and other space outposts. ESA plans to conduct additional tests of the system in the near future.

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