JAXA Believes Real-World Avatars will Transform the Exploration of Space

For most of history, space has been inaccessible due to its extreme environment. However, JAXA, the Japanese space agency believes that real-world Avatars will transform the exploration and discovery of space by allowing anyone to transport their skills and presence into the final frontier immediately. Avatars are a vital infrastructure that will extend humanity’s reach into the unknown and allow human life to be lived in space.

This could prove to be a helpful invention for Asgardia as they strive to build habitable platforms in low-Earth orbit so humans can live comfortably in space.

Earlier this month JAXA revealed plans for the Avatar X project, which involves sending humanoid machines controlled by human operators to space. Presently, Meltin the Japanese robotics company has announced that they have joined forces with JAXA and ANA to begin the full-scale development of its MELTANT-α cyborg technology needed for the project.

MELTANT-α was equipped with hands that are approximately as strong and as fast as real human hands — they’re also built with haptics to make them as human-like as possible. It’s the ideal candidate for a project that plans to use remote-controlled humanoid machines to perform experiments, fix space stations, and build human settlements, among many other things.

AVATAR X Lab at OITA is the world’s first dedicated space Avatar test field. It will be located in the southern Japanese prefecture of Oita. In partnership with local authorities, telecommunication infrastructure and research facilities will be built at the site to allow for field tests for Avatars. AVATAR X Lab @ OITA hopes to become the closest test field to space and a global hub for the space Avatar movement. The world’s latest technologies and greatest minds will collaborate at this test facility, where visitors will not only be able to see but also experience the future of space for themselves.

As you may know, it’s very expensive to send crewed missions to space, and in some instances, it’s not possible yet. For example, we can’t send human astronauts to Mars right now, so it might be wiser and safer for space agencies and companies to employ robots to build bases where scientists or the first settlers can live.

However, Mars is quite far from Earth, so it’s more likely that human operators will have to control the robots from an orbiting station or a smaller base. What’s more, beyond repairs, maintenance and construction, these robots could also help grow food and perform surgeries on space-goers.

The Avatar X partners will be releasing their timeline for the project sometime later this year, and they will begin to construct a testing facility in Japan in 2019. If all goes well the plan is to send the technologies they develop to the ISS/Low-Earth Orbit by 2020 for further testing in space.

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