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Can You Control A Robot From Space? Yes, you can!

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of short technical training courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering.  The news below could be of interest to our readers.

An Italian astronaut drove a robot around a California parking lot Friday. He did so from space.

As part of a series of tests at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, astronaut Luca Parmitano controlled a K-10 rover from his perch at the International Space Station.

Parmitano, who was flying 400 kilometers above the robot, viewed its movements in real time and typed instructions into his space station laptop to direct the rover from one point to another in the Ames parking lot.

Telerobotics, the technology tested Friday, may allow astronauts in orbit to guide robots in real time on the surface on another planet.

Using telerobotics, astronauts could increase the speed at which rovers explore other planets. NASA astronauts currently must send a complex set of instructions to robots each morning, then wait for the rovers to execute them.

“This is a glimpse of the future of space exploration,” University of Colorado astronomer Jack Burns said during the test.

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ATI releases Hyperspectral & Multispectral course sampler video

On March 11, 2011  ATI released a new sampler video for Hyperspectral & Multispectral Imaging course.  This three-day class is designed for engineers, scientists and other remote sensing professionals who wish to become familiar with multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing technology. Students in this course will learn the basic physics of spectroscopy, the types of spectral sensors currently used by government and industry, and the types of data processing used for various applications. Case studies of applications will be used throughout the course. After taking this course, students should be able to communicate and work productively with other professionals in this field. Each student will receive a complete set of notes and the textbook, Remote Sensing of the Environment, an Earth Resource Perspective.

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