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Wi-Fi Connectivity Will Allow Robonaut to Move

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 9:55am
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Photo Credit: NASAMinnetonka, MN – NASA is using Digi International’s Connect Core Wi-i.MX53 wireless module to Wi-Fi enable its Robonaut, a humanoid-type robot that will perform routine maintenance tasks on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA’s Robonaut currently exists on the ISS as a torso, bolted to a pedestal, and is connected to the station with wires for power and control. The robot will be upgraded soon with legs and batteries that will allow it to move freely through the station.But that free movement will only be possible if all of the wires are gone – including the ones used for control and monitoring. NASA therefore installed Digi International’s Connect Core Wi-i.MX53 wireless module to Wi-Fi enable the Robonaut.

Digi International’s wireless module passed a rigorous set of tests to ensure it could survive in outer space. The wireless connectivity provided by the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX53 will help enable the Robonaut to perform routine tasks such as housekeeping and air quality testing in space.This will free up time for astronauts to conduct science experiments and other important tasks.

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