Russian University to Make ‘Sensitive Hand’ for Space Robot

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Experts from Samara National Research University has begun work on a sensitive system for a robot hand based on fibre-optic sensors, Indicator.ru reports citing the University’s press service.

The system can detect the parameters of pressure, vibration, temperature, rotation speed, force, mass, magnetic field intensity and current values, etc.

Analogues of this design already exist, but they are intended for terrestrial conditions. Experts from Samara University proposed to use fibre-optic sensors as the basis which will allow for the use of the system in space projects.

The robot hand is structurally similar to the human hand. Its movements will be controlled from a spaceship by an astronaut wearing special gloves. They will feel the same as the robot hand.

“A semi-android robotic astronaut can be attached to various parts of the spaceship’s body, including retractable platforms for outdoor work,” says Sergey Matyunin, a professor at Samara University. It is reported that the first robot whose design will include this development will be launched to the ISS in 2020.

According to the scientists, this development can also be used on Earth: underwater, while removing debris, in situations where human intervention is difficult or dangerous.