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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future


August 13, 2021

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Engineers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have developed software to facilitate autonomous functions of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems.

ISAAC (Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking) software recently completed its first testing phase aboard the International Space Station, using a single, free-flying robot to investigate a simulated fault. The second phase involves managing multiple robots transporting cargo, while the third and final phase will test the system against more complex fault scenarios.

"Our long-term vision is that it can transform a spacecraft into an autonomous robotic system itself," said NASA's Trey Smith.

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