Astrobee: ISS Robotic Free Flyer
NASA Commentator Lori Meggs at the Marshall Space Flight Center talks to NASA Ames Research Center's Chris Provencher about SPHERES - an International Space Station robotics experiment platform used for multiple purposes. This spring marks a milestone for the project with ten years of operations. The small experimental satellites have been used for everything from autonomous rendezvous and docking to educational robotics competitions. Now, adding to that legacy is the next generation free-flyer called Astrobee, which is scheduled to fly in 2017. Astrobee will be a free-flying robot that can be remotely operated by astronauts in space or by mission controllers on the ground.