The British astronaut, Tim Peake is currently handling a robot rover named Bridget on Earth from aboard the environment of the ISS.
A trailblazer of an experiment is taking place today. Astronaut Tim Peake will be manipulating a robot rover from the context of outer space. He will travel the distance with the explorer via a simulated Martian environment while being in the environment of the ISS.
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It is a part of the ExoMars project. Tim Peake passed on a Twitter message too since he loved to keep abreast of the latest situation on social online media.
What Tim Peake will be doing is controlling a machine on earth from the vantage point of the ISS. Tim is in orbit 250 miles above our home planet. The ESA rover he will be guiding has the name Bridget.
Bridget on the contrary is not what it appears to be at first sight. It has its settings in a simulated Martian landscape. The venue for this is Stevenage, Hertfordshire. This is basically a way that astronauts will be able to test technology for operating rovers on the surface of Mars one fine day in the future.
"On 29 April, ESA astronaut Tim Peake will operate a terrestrial rover nicknamed Bridget from the Station as part of a series of experiments investigating how humans interact with robotic systems and vehicles," European Space Agency said in an official statement.
"The 154 kg rover will be driven by Tim starting at 10:00 GMT (12:00 CEST) over simulated Mars terrain in Stevenage, UK, as though he were searching for scientific targets such as rocks."
Tim Peake is currently 44 years of age. Yet his fitness level is at its peak. He is busy engaged in a half year mission aboard the ISS.
The tweet that Tim posted online went something like this “looking forward to giving rover Bridget in Stevenage, UK, a test drive from space”.
“Tim will drive it for about 90 minutes,” says Jessica Grenouilleau, of ESA’s Robotics and Future Projects Office.
“Interestingly, he will only be provided with basic training on how to react to situations that the rover encounters, as the experiment aims in part to study how humans interact extemporaneously with robotic systems.”
The project is designed to increase our knowledge about the Red Planet that is Mars. Tim Peake even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill in the ISS.
Major Peake completed the marathon in 3 hours and 35 minutes flat. He is a capable and competent man who can handle stress and any number of tasks that he is assigned by his superiors.
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“Future missions into the Solar System will include humans working hand-in-hand with robots as our scouts and proxies, gathering scientific and physical information that will make human exploration feasible,” says Philippe Schoonejans, Head of Robotics and Future Projects and coordinator for ESA’s Meteron project, under which the rover-driving experiment is being conducted.