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STA: 2.5 Meters Robotic Arm for Mars

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Robots are going to do most of planetary exploration missions for us in the near future. Take the Sample Transfer Arm (STA) robot: it is designed to land on Mars to collect sample tubes. This robot can see and feel to take autonomous decisions.

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The Sample Transfer Arm can pick up and transfer the tubes in to a rocket. As explained by ESA:

Only after the robot closes the container’s lid, the martian samples will be launched for rendezvous with ESA’s Earth Return Orbiter (ERO) and bring the material back to Earth.


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