NASA Controls LEGO Robot From Space

NASA Controls LEGO Robot From Space

The Space Agency tests what they are calling an 'interplanetary internet' by controlling a plastic android on earth from space

Matt Sabourin
  • 12 november 2012


NASA and the European Space Agency  have successfully tested what they say could be the foundation of the interplanetary Internet by controlling an earthbound LEGO robot from the International Space Station (ISS).

Using a NASA-developed laptop, Space station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams remotely drove a small LEGO robot at the European Space Operation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

As deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation, Badri Younes, explained:

The experimental [Internet] we’ve tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations.

The technology, called Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), works similarly to terrestrial Internet in that it splits up data streams into packets and then routes those packets to the nearest working node which then get send to the user’s computer.

NASA hopes that the new communications infrastructure will be better at working around disconnection errors that are caused by the current system that requires a continuous connection between the source and the destination.




Fitness Advocate: Paving The Future of Workouts With Audio

Fitness & Sport
Travel Today

Melbourne Hotel Lets Guests Stay In Their Own Chrome Airstream Trailers

Notel is a luxury rooftop with six guest rooms made from vintage 1970s mobile homes

Infants Today

Battery Powered Cradle Will Rock Itself

NoomiNoomi is a clever device that makes it easier to put babies to sleep


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Sustainability Today

Swedish Citizens Get A Tax Break For Repairing Old Goods

A sustainability initiative encourages people to fix, rather than replace, broken objects

Fitness & Sport Today

How Precision Data Can Make Anyone A Better Performer

The Sports Debrief from PSFK Labs looks at how analytic tools are being developed to optimize human performance across all industries

Related Expert

Mike Moloney

Creative Filmmaking

Retail Today

You Can Now Buy Furniture From A Daytime TV Show

Home furnishing online retailer Wayfair is partnering with Lifetime to create a shoppable life improvement television program

Social Media Today

Instagram Tool Prevents People From Harming Themselves

A new anonymous reporting option on the social media platform hopes to provide better emotional support for users

Retail Today

Apple’s New London Store Is Filled With Living Trees And Sunlight

The brand's UK flagship location has been reimagined with a focus on customer experience and community


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed Today

Marketing Experts: Millennials And The Power Of Cool

'Good Is The New Cool' Authors Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones share their 7 principles for branding with a social impact

PSFK Labs Today

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Syndicated Today

Artificial Intelligence Could Serve As A Judge In The Court Of The Future

A new software program can weigh up legal evidence and more questions of right and wrong to predict the outcome of trials

Brand Development Yesterday

Swipe Left On A Dating World Built To Keep You Single And Disconnected

Hinge's VP of Marketing Karen Fein tells us about the service's daring ditch of the swiping culture that's designed to attract advertising revenue, not meaningful connections

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Marvel Comic Tells The Story Of A Heroic Syrian Mother

Madaya Mom is the true tale of a family trapped inside a town for over a year

Food Yesterday

Brooklyn Cafe Lets Customers Pay By The Hour, Not By The Cup

Glasshour is an establishment that provides free coffee and pastries and charges for the time guests spend there

Technology Yesterday

Electric Spoon Changes The Way Food Tastes

The Taste Buddy is being developed to manipulate your taste buds and make everything more delicious

Travel Yesterday

Bike Path In Poland Can Glow For 20 Years Using Solar Power

Cyclists can follow the shimmering blue lanes for better safety each time they ride

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Open-Source Toolkit Lets Communities Build Their Own Street Furniture

The Wikiblock database contains 30 blueprints of different neighborhood fixtures including benches, bus stops, and kiosks

Food Yesterday

Tiny Pub Only Has Space For Three People

Make Time For It is a small London pop-up bar that encourages conversation without the distraction of technology

No search results found.