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NASA’s Bumble Completes First Hardware Test on ISS

NASA’s Bumble Completes First Hardware Test on ISS

Bumble is accompanied by Honey and Queen, the trio that was launched together on April 17, 2019.

NASA has come to a step closer to creating a robot that would take care of the International Space Station (ISS). The agency recently completed the first hardware test of the robot in space that would help the crew on ISS in daily tasks in the near future. A cube robot named Bumble is one of three Astrobees has undergone hardware test to check the working of cameras, avionics, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer. NASA astronaut Anne McClain was responsible for checking out the status of Astrobees. It was launched to ISS on April 17, 2019, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

When Astrobees will be included in the services, they will help the crew aboard in day-to-day maintenance activities. Ideally, such activities will be taken care of in the future by robots so humans can focus on more important work such as experiments and explorations. This would improve man’s return to Moon and possibly to Mars by reducing the necessary astronaut headcount, or reducing stress for those astronauts who would make the journey.

Currently, Bumble has two companions named Queen and Honey as the trio was launched together in space. The launch was handled by Northrop Grumman, which carries supplies as a part of its contract with NASA. Each robot is cube-shaped, one foot per side and is equipped with an arm that allows them to grab handrails around the station. This technique allows staying in place to assist astronauts with tasks and save energy when they are not moving around. NASA released a photo of astronaut Anne McClain testing the Bumble.