Remote Control Robots Take Directives From Space

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July 26 (Bloomberg) -- NASA Associate Chief for Space Exploration David Alfano discusses remote controlling a robot from space with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Circumstances under which that would be very difficult.

As you get farther away from the earth, the time it takes for a signal to go back and forth becomes extremely long.

And in certain cases it would be too long to perform any operations.

So as we get farther away from the earth, we need to have more you aen tomy and capability to do things locally -- you aen tomy and capability to do things looky.

-- locally.

As a certain robot questions or robot research that nasa's able to pursue that maybe a business wouldn't right now?

And what would those be?

Well, we certainly have access to an orbiting laboratory, 250 miles above the earth.

We have access to a great deal of instrumentation and we do have quite a few partners that work with us in industry and in the university community on this work.

So it is a shared work and not exclusive but we have resources available as part of the space community that are not widely available at this time.

That was nasa's david with our editor at large, cory johnson.

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