ASTRO Becomes First Robotic Satellite Repair Man

We may earn a commission from links on this page.

Now that they're poised to take over the planet, robots are turning to outer space thanks to the folks at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects) who have just launched their first satellite repair bots into space. Dubbed ASTRO, the repair bots are designed to patch up other satellites without any human guidance, instead they rely on GPS and laser sensors. Once docked with the ailing satellite, ASTRO uses a 10-foot robotic arm to fill the satellite with fuel and make repairs. Yet another job or metallic counterparts have taken from us.

DARPA Launches First Repair Robot in Space [Gadget Lab]