This European Space Agency Rover Will Be Controlled From Earth Orbit

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 31, 2015
References: esa.int & gizmag
The Interact Centaur is a new earthbound rover, developed by the European Space Agency, that will be remotely controlled by Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen as he floats around in orbit aboard the International Space Station.

The rover consists of a mobile platform with an articulated camera beam, various sensors and a pair of arms designed to be able to carry out highly precise operations. The robot's haptic controls provide force feedback, allowing Mogensen to literally feel as if he's working through the robot's arms while carrying out a task.

Given that earthlings have ambitious plans to have a presence on the moon, Mars and perhaps even beyond, it will be important to figure out how to control robotic rovers from orbit, which is why this European Space Agency project is so important.