How to remote-control a robot on another planet

July 4, 2011 by Amara D. Angelica

Hey, somebody got a problem over here? Just checkin'. (credit: DLR)

Meet Justin, an android on Earth who will soon be controlled remotely by an astronaut in the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station. The astronaut will don an exoskeleton to remotely control Justin.

The long-range goal: explore the Moon and planets with tele-operated robots.


Suggestion: don't arm-wrestle with this dude -- I'm just sayin'. ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang controls exoskeleton (credit: ESA/J. v. Haarlem)