NASA’s new robot is getting ready for work.
Astrobee, a free-flying robot system that’s designed to give astronauts a hand in space, has had its first hardware checks on the International Space Station.
The system is actually a trio of robots, named Honey, Queen, and Bumble, which are propelled by electric fans and can return to their docking station to recharge their batteries. Two of the robots, Bumble and Honey, were launched to the space station on Apr. 17.
NASA posted a photo of astronaut Anne McClain, who performed the first series of tests on Astrobee, which included checking the robot’s avionics, cameras, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer. Read more…