NASA-Google Smart SPHERES tested on International Space Station

July 22, 2014 10:10 AM

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NASA-Google Smart SPHERES tested on International Space Station

A clever detachable hybrid system between the famous SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) flying robots and Google designed prototype Project Tango smartphones is ready to pass a series of experimental tasks on-board the International Space Station. The SPHERES NASA project consists in using tree small (25 cm in diameter) autonomous devices that were designed to fly freely inside the limited space of ISS. Some of the main goals of the program were initially to test and analyze the features of formation flight and docking control of the 3 devices, each of them being distinguishable by having a different shell color: Red, Orange and Blue.

The SPHERES concept began in 2000, when professor David W Miller from MIT, inspired by “Star Wars: A New Hope” movie light saber training flying robot, asked his students to design something similar with potential applications in aerospace Industry. The 3 small satellites are on-board the Space Stat...

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