NASA Plans to Send a ‘Robot Hotel’ to Space

NASA is on a pretty much extreme mission to explore the outer space. The most recent project, a ‘robot hotel,’ is intended for built, and will be located outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The new invention has officially been dubbed Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), and it will protect and store essential robotic instruments in a storage unit. Not to confuse people, the RiTS is more similar to a garage, not to an actual hotel. NASA’s robot hotel is similar to a parking place for robots sent to space when they are not being used. The hotel is scheduled to launch over to the ISS with the 19th SpaceX commercial resupply expedition.

As soon as the stowage is placed in the intended location, two Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL) will get to reside in the unit. The first RELL unit was first released in 2015, and the second one was launched as a backup this year. The two RELL is carrying mass spectrometers that can see any leaks in the orbital station and identify gases such as ammonia.

NASA Plans to Send a ‘Robot Hotel’ to Space

“For each of its stored tools, RiTS will provide heat and physical protection from radiation and micrometeoroids, or tiny, high-speed objects hurtling through space,” Mark Neuman, RiTS hardware manager said.

The RiTS unit is equipped with thermal systems that are set to maintain a constant temperature for the robots and all the other tools in it. The temperature level helps the robots remain functional even when they are not being used. NASA hopes that this new measure will help the ISS astronauts to find any leaks and damages if they occur.

Since the RiTS will be located outside the ISS, it will be of more help to the RELLs. These units need at least 12 hours to analyze the entire space station, and they require recalibration. RiTS will help NASA send out the RELL instruments and bring them back in the storage after they finish what they have to do.

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