Robots are simply machines that humans can use to perform different tasks. A robot can either be designed to perform particular tasks such as moving objects or one that can be remotely controlled to perform different tasks. The use of robots in space dates back to mid 1975. This was in a project that led to the launch of a spacecraft to Mars in 20th of August the same year. The project involved the sending of Viking Lander, which were two space probes from the United States of America. They were Viking 1 and Viking 2, which were generally equipped with instruments to transmit back to earth. This project was a huge success, which later influenced continued use of robots in space. Rovers and robonauts are perfect examples of robots later used in space exploration. Rovers were used in early 2003 in exploration to Mars with robonauts being the latest robot invention. This brings up the thesis statement that the use of robots in space exploration is efficient and ought to replace actual human exploration.
There are different types of robots used in space exploration. One of the main types is a complete aircraft equipped with navigation and communication equipment to explore space. This is the probe, which requires no actual humans in the spacecrafts. The space probe is a scientific mission to explore space. It is a robotic aircraft whose purpose is to leave the earth and explore space, and at the same time send transmissions back to earth. The probe may land or approach other bodies in space such as the moon and other planets. It may also enter into space between planets, fly freely into space or orbit other bodies. Different space agencies such from different regions such as Russia, the European Union, the United States, India and China have launched probes into space including the moon, comets, asteroids and the solar system in general.
[...] Landers have landed on the surfaces of planets such as the Venus and Mercury and other astronomical bodies such as the moon and other larger asteroids comets and asteroids. Current Space Robot Technology and Future Prospects There are two general types of robots in use in space today. These are the RMS (Remote Manipulator System) and the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle). The ROV is a robot used on earth for inspection of nuclear facilities and to undertake repairs which are too dangerous for humans. [...]
[...] The robot that has shown the greatest capability to work side by side with humans is the robonaut. This is a robot that resembles a person. It is designed with arms, a head and a body which resembles a human being. It is also referred to as a humanoid. This design has the ability to use the same tools and work space as a human being. It eliminates the need for connection to other machines since it is independent with its own power source and programming. [...]
[...] It concludes with giving assessments for students and recommendations on reading to assist them grasp more concepts in the topic EVALUATION: The article is important in the assignment since it gives general solutions to the questions in the outline. It gives a brief history of robots for the introduction. It also gives types of robots and their application. It gives brief description about robots application in space with specific examples and time scope. The article was published in 2011 which shows that it has relatively new information on the subject. [...]
[...] It is also published under NASA supervision which gives the credibility of the information. I researched on the author, Jerry Woodfill, who has been an employee of NASA for about a decade. The article is also certified by a senior NASA software engineer, Rob Ambrose. References Woodfill, J. / NASA (March, 2011). National Robots in Space, NASA FACTS, NF-165/7-91http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/robots_in_space.htm Bibby, J. /NASA (May, 2013). Robonaut Technology in Space Exploration. [...]
[...] Space agencies have regulatory bodies which ensure strict safety measures to allow humans into spacecrafts. It would be cheaper to have robots in space, since it does not involve many safety procedures. Loss of robots in space missions would be less tragic compared to loss of human life. Transmission costs are also lower since the robots are themselves transmitters. Source Evaluation REPORT TITLE: Using Professional Robots to Explore Inaccessible Space 1. THE SOURCE How did you find the source? I typed in “robots for space” into the Summon search engine. [...]
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