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Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:26am
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Three satellites fly in formation as part of the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) investigation. This image was taken during Expedition 14 in the Destiny laboratory module.

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006.

Read: Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for various experiments.

NASA Ames' Smart SPHERES, a Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) equipped with Google's Project Tango smartphone.

For more information, visit www.nasa.gov.

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