Listen to the Sounds of Robotics That Help Forming the Future of Space Exploration

The Robotic Operations Center(ROC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has lots of whirring and ringing devices that share a purpose: to assist robots prepare yourself for space.The ROC functions as an incubator for robotic development. The lab, which is about the size of a school gymnasium, is lined with long black curtains that, when the lights are shut off, simulate the darkness of area. The whole facility is created to mimic how robotics will look, move and work in space.Listen to the buzzing and whirring of robotics that assist form the future of space exploration. NASA robotics technologist Brian Roberts takes you on a sound tour of the lab where robots are tested for spaceflight. Credits: Produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center by Katie Atkinson

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The robotics team tests technologies and operations for future satellite maintenance, exploration and science missions. The engineers here picture a future where robots make space exploration more economical and astronaut jobs more efficient.Working with robots

is all about experimentation. Mockups and engineering systems assist the team test and modify robotics before launch.”Much like a sports team practices prior to they play a video game, we practice with robots too, “stated Brian Roberts, a robotics technologist at Goddard.”We work out all the details of ways to put the robot together and ensure it works before we build the more expensive flight unit.”The noises you hear come from three sprightly robots: a robotic arm, motion platform and an industrial robot called Motoman SIA20D. These noises were tape-recorded in NASA Goddard’s Robotic Operations. Credit: Produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center by Katie Atkinson The ROC currently houses a variety of robots, from robotic arms to six-legged satellite installs. The mix produces a sound-rich laboratory environment. Some robots sound like hail hitting a tin roofing system, while others replicate the sounds of engines revving. These robots are revolutionizing the way we think about future space expedition.” Where we’re headed with robots and space is actually to permit them to be more securely incorporated with the human beings working outside a module or on the surface of a planetary body, whether the Moon or Mars, “Roberts stated.”We truly wish to take that to the next step now.”