Airbus Space Engineers have introduced a European Robotic Arm that can wander around the Russian Segment of the International Space station. The Canadarm2 and the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System are the two Robotic arms that are already operating on the International space station.
Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe that offers cutting edge products and services. It has its headquarters in Leiden, Netherlands. The company has delivered over 12,626 Aircraft and 12,000 Helicopters. Airbus is also working on fully Autonomous flights, Which can function without the help of a pilot.
Since the Previously Existing two robotic arms in the International space center cannot enter the Russian segment of the space center, the Airbus Space Engineers have launched the European Robotic Arm (ERA), To assist the Russian division of the space center. After Encountering two decennaries of technological and programming difficulties, Two control stations (For inside and outside operations)and the robotic arm – would be driven to space with Multipurpose Laboratory Module, named ‘Nauka’. a Russian Proton rocket would carry it into space from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
The European Robotic-arm looks like a compass in design. It is 11.3M in length and can reach up to 9.7M. Its launch mass is 630kg, and its handling capacity is 8000kg. It can function autonomously, and also it can operate under the pilot commands in real-time. It has cameras and a lightning unit to monitor the outside of the space station.
The Robotic Arm can help install the payloads in the space center. It can transfer them from inside to outside with ease. It can also help take the space crew from one working environment to another. The ERA’s First task would be to establish an airlock and fix a radiator for the space station’s latest module.
Because of their tolerance to harsh conditions and robustness, The market for space robots is progressing at a high pace. Lately, a swiss student team from ETH Zurich and ZHAW Zurich developed a quadruped robot called “SpaceBok“, a lightweight robot, which can walk in space and help in space exploration.
The European Robotic Arm, will assist the Space crew with its operations and Free up their time to do other tasks in spacewalks.