NASA Sets Up Robot Hotel at ISS

The facility has been installed in the outer hull of the Space Station and has many advantages to it. Time is highly precious in space, and the new storage unit allows astronauts to save up a lot of time. The facility will enable robots to be stored outside when not in use and makes it easier to program and launch the robots to perform functions on the outside without wasting much time

Fremont, CA: The International Space Station (ISS) is now equipped with what NASA likes to call a Robot Hotel. The new facility was set up at the ISS during a resupply mission conducted with SpaceX's Dragon rocket. The rocket arrived at the ISS early on 8th of December with equipment for NASA, which included the Robot Hotel. The facility is officially named Robotic Tool Stowage unit (RiTS) and will be used to dock robots that are not in use.

The facility has been installed in the outer hull of the Space Station and has many advantages to it. Time is highly precious in space, and the new storage unit allows astronauts to save up a lot of time. The facility will enable robots to be stored outside when not in use and makes it easier to program and launch the robots to perform functions on the outside without wasting much time. The first guests at the all-new robot hotel are two robots called Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL). These robots perform the vital function of identifying leaks on the exterior of the space station.

"I would like to congratulate all of the people in Houston and around the world who contributed to the launch, navigation, and capture of Dragon," station commander Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency said. "They must know that whenever we welcome a new vehicle on board, we take on board also a little piece of the soul of everyone that contributed to the project. So, welcome on board."

In the past, RELLs were stored inside the space station when not in use. With the new robot hotel in place, astronauts can save up on a lot of space, making room for more equipment for ongoing research studies and experiments. Also, these robots need to be calibrated before being sent out to perform a task, which can take up to 12 hours. The external storage environment makes it easier and quicker for the station's Dextre robotic arm to retrieve them and set them to work.

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