NASA goes to be sending something it calls a ‘robot hotel’ to the World Region Characteristic aboard the next commercial resupply mission, which is determined to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this week. The robot hotel is extra formally identified because the “Robotic Diagram Stowage” unit, or the RiTS for short because NASA loves nothing fairly so distinguished because it loves acronyms.
Searching on how interested you would be to anthropomorphize robots, the ‘hotel’ designation could no longer be fairly as appropriate as ‘storage’ – this unit is basically a proper parking location for robots when no longer in employ, helping to provide protection to them from capacity dangers offered by being in location, at the side of publicity to radiation, and the prospective to get hit by micrometeors and other debris.
The main guests at the hotel can be two robots known as Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL – bc acronyms). They enact what it says on the tin, finding leaks in the ISS exterior hull from the outdoors, which is a key job. And previously, they’ve been kept internal the ISS when no longer in employ, nonetheless location is at a top fee in the notify itself, so any time you would defend away from wasting it’s precise new for astronauts and for ongoing research and other tools.
Plus, the RELLs have to be calibrated when they’re despatched out to enact their job, a direction of that requires 12 tubby hours. Since their new storage atmosphere is already exterior, it’ll be distinguished more uncomplicated and quicker for the notify’s Dextre robotic arm to retrieve them ad notify them to work.