TheSpec.com - BreakingNews - Canadian astronaut to test remote-control rover at space agency
Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk wil spend several weeks remotely operating a rover-type robot from space using an amateur ham radio when he arrives on the International Space Station some time after his May 27th launch from Kazakhstan. The rover will be in a backlot of the Canadian Space Agency in Montréal. The study will explore the challenges of remotely controlling a robot for purposes of terrain-mapping under the constraint of having only a 10-minute window every day or every several days with which to communicate his instructions to the robot. The experiment will test several Canadian-made technologies for terrain exploration and will be applied to designs for rovers that may be sentto other planets and controlled either from Earth or from space.