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As space station marks 15th anniversary, robotic advances hit home

Sharon Gaudin | Nov. 5, 2015
With 15 years of human presence on the station, a look at the importance of robotics to the mission.

"In space it will be robots and humans, not robots versus humans", said Rob Ambrose, chief of the Software, Robotics and Simulation Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center, at a robotics conference in 2014. "We have a vision for Mars that definitely includes robots."

Advances in robotic autonomy, mobility, sensing, communication and human-robot interaction will be critical.

A lot of that work is being done on the space station, which serves as a stepping stone for humans to venture further from home and deeper into space.


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