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Wireless Module Transforms NASA Robot into Space Station Crew

Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - Wireless Local Area Network
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
The Challenge

The second-generation Robonaut, Robonaut 2 is a torso bolted to a pedestal and is connected to the station with wires for power and control. NASA wanted a solution to make the robot wireless so that it can move freely throughout the station and be more useful, and save astronauts' precious time.

About The Customer
NASA is the agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research, with more than 17,000 employees.
The Customer
The Solution

NASA installed Digi International's ConnectCore wireless module to Wi-Fi enable the Robonaut. The wireless module, qualified for industrial environments, passed a rigorous set of tests to ensure it could survive in outer space.

Data Collected
Air Quality (PMI), Communication Performance, Connectivity Status, Machine Performance, Setup Time
Operational Impact
  • [Process Optimization - Remote Control]
    Real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of Robonaut further saves astronauts' time.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable NASA control team members to remotely diagnose the status of the robot.
  • [Data Management - Data Analysis]
    Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.

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