The US space agency NASA is venturing new next-generation devices for the International Space Station (ISS). One of these includes free flying space robots equipped with cameras that could make life easier for astronauts. The beach-ball-sized robot could assist or substitute for an astronaut on hull repairs. They will check out the space station's far corners, unassisted by humans on board.
Astronauts have been testing the gas-propelled, beachball-sized satellites since 2006, but just recently the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites) devices have been set up with Android smartphones that have given them new vision and intelligence capabilities....
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