Watch Astrobee’s First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/space-robots/watch-astrobees-first-autonomous-flight-on-the-international-space-station

NASA’s Astrobee robots have come a long, long way since we first met them at NASA Ames back in 2017. In fact, they’ve made it all the way to the International Space Station: Bumble, Honey, and Queen Bee are up there right now. While Honey and Queen Bee are still packed away in a case (and quite unhappy about it, I would imagine), Bumble has been buzzing around, getting used to its new home. To be ready to fly solo, all Bumble needed was some astronaut-assisted mapping of its environment, and last month, the little robotic cube finally embarked on its first fully autonomous ISS adventure.