Mission to Mars is just a few years away and Space agencies around the World are scudding up with their relocation plans to board the first humans in space.

SpaceX has already announced it’s Mars Colonization Mission, by introducing the reusable Big Falcon Rocket and the new architecture of Mars colony.

But what if humans are not the only beings, who are being relocated to Mars? What if Robots accompany them during the journey?

Civilization of Mars won’t be a piece of cake for humans, so definitely they’ll need special intervention of trusted alpha geeks who can assist them with certain pressure profiles in the region, instant geographical conditions and various encyclopedic knowledge.

Justin has paved the way to deal such situations, to guide humans deal with extreme endurance, handling of tools and mapping the area. It has already been tested with variety of experiment in the laboratory and proved his worth in Space.

Justin: AI Powered Space Android

justin ai robot from DLR Germany
Image Credit: DLR, via ESA.int

An all-round multipurpose robot that was built to perform mechanical tasks to assist the astronauts in space, Justin was developed by a German Aerospace Agency DLR.

Introduced in the year 2009, it was equipped with two arms, two HD cameras, a torso and a head and was shaped like a humanoid robot. Its abilities were modified and improved over the years and then it was planned to send him in International Space Station to progress the real tasks for which it was equipped.

Justin is well groomed to develop the first human habitat in the Martian Terrain. For almost a decade now, engineers and the developers have been working on refining its’ functionalities and physical abilities. Their dedication has ensued the bot to handle mechanical equipment, click pictures and upload them, catch flying objects, as well as navigate the hurdles.

With the installation of recent AI upgrades, now Justin can think for itself. Generally, robots need to be programmed beforehand and to be supplied with the instructions of the movement in advance, but Justin can perform any complex task autonomously and even those which, it hasn’t been programmed to do.

The best part, it can be controlled from the Planet’s orbit, while it is still on Planet’s surface and vice-versa.

‘He’s not Just a Robot, he’s a Machinist.’

justin ai powered robot repairing solar panel
Robot experiment “SUPVIS Justin” between ISS and Oberpfaffenhofen
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

The main motto of Justin was to equip it in Space, so that it can repair satellites, create new space robots, which are not just light weighted, but could also be controlled from Earth to perform sensory tasks.

The robot can not only survey the environment with its Object recognition and computer vision, but also perform physical tasks like maintaining machinery, cleaning, inspection of devices and their issues, as well as carry objects.

In a test performed at Munich Lab, it was found that Justin repaired a faulty solar panel within minutes and it was directed using a tablet by an Astronaut from the ISS.

Its abilities can save tons of humankind efforts in the near future.

Justin and his Unexpected Talent

Let’s bring Justin back on Earth and see what it can do for common people.

Making Tea and Coffee.

Wow! That’s enough. Justin can not just build homes for humans in Mars, but also make tea and coffee when needed. Amazing, right?

But, what makes Justin, a powerful Bot?

We’ve discussed the abilities which are already at par from other robots on earth, but Justin’s physical appearance also makes him a unique bot.

Justin is 6’3″ tall, weighed about 440 pounds, has a lifting strength of 31 pounds in each hand. 3-D views of surrounding can be generated using hi definition cameras and sensors that are embedded in his head. It can also sync with the computers in the data collection centers with its R2D2 styled data interface.

Also, it can charge its own battery and plug into a solar power unit without any human effort involved. The eight-fingered arm helps it to handle various tools. Justin also has the ability to finish the tasks and save the data when the communication links fail.

With the recent test perfomed by DLR, on Justin’s future all-terrain robot wheels at the top of an active volcano, a new upgrade could be expected soon.

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