NASA has shown off the ‘robot hotel’ that it is sending into space as part of the SpaceX commercial resupply mission scheduled to launch tomorrow. The robot hotel is designed to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station where it will protect important hardware from the dangers of space. By working together, the robot hotel and instruments will help protect the ISS’s valuable systems.
NASA is launching its Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), a protective storage unit that it describes as a robot hotel. This device will first be used to house a pair of Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL), which are mass spectrometers that can detect ammonia being leaked from the ISS. Both RELL units are already on the ISS, one that was launched in 2015 and the other in 2018.
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