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The International Space Station is getting mobile robot “space avatars” controllable by the public from Earth, courtesy of a joint project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and ANA Holdings’ telepresence start-up avatarin. The project will create a virtual remote space tourism experience aimed at those who …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "controllable by the public from Earth"

    I sincerely hope that whoever is controlling a remotely-operated sabotage weapon will be under supervision at all times.

    1. Dr_N

      Re: "controllable by the public from Earth"

      They need to read William Gibson's "The Peripheral" and/or "Agency".

      1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

        First person shooter is inevitable

        At first I thought they were sending robot tourists. Upon reading I see they are offering something from the movie Avatar. This has all kinds of potential, both for robots in space and for humans on the ground. They could make the first video game with an actual point.

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: "controllable by the public from Earth"


      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: "controllable by the public from Earth"

        I was thinking "Drones ... in ... spaaaaaace!".

  2. Anonymous Coward


    There are enough videos from the ISS to keep a "space tourist" occupied for months if not years.

    Also, this doesn't seem very aspirational; bragging rights would be very niche and many in that niche (like us) would pooh-pooh it.

    Finally, the last thing the astronauts need is a telepresence robot roaming around.

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