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Satellites Mating Via Robotic Arm

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the that's-one-way-to-do-it dept.

Robotics 91

Roland Piquepaille writes "The launch of the Orbital Express mission, with its two satellites ASTRO and NextSat, the first one servicing the other, was widely covered a month ago. But what is happening in space now? In 'Robotic satellite servicer rehearsal underway in orbit,' Spaceflight Now reports about the progress done. A week ago, the two satellites were able to link to each other to operate the first transfer of hydrazine fuel from ASTRO's propellant tanks into NextSat. This weekend, ASTRO's ten-foot-long robotic arm is going to be used to move objects to NextSat. But what does it mean for international satellite operators when they need help with their space birds? Will they use a system designed for U.S.'s DARPA? "

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rule 34 (5, Funny)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659279)

does this qualify as rule 34?

Re:rule 34 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659311)

The answer is always 42.

Re:rule 34 (2, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659327)

"does this qualify as rule 34?"

Space Corp Directive #34 clearly states that no officers are to engage in oral sex while wearing dentures. I'm sorry sir, but I don't see how this applies to the situation.

ATTN: Windows/Linux refugees! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659405)

The only thing more pathetic than a PC user is a PC user trying to be a Mac user. We have a name for you people: switcheurs.

There's a good reason for your vexation at the Mac's user interface: You don't speak its language. Remember that the Mac was designed by artists [atspace.com] , for artists [atspace.com] , be they poets [atspace.com] , musicians [atspace.com] , or avant-garde mathematicians [atspace.com] . A shiny new Mac can introduce your frathouse hovel to a modicum of good taste, but it can't make Mac users out of dweebs [atspace.com] and squares [atspace.com] like you.

So don't force what doesn't come naturally. You'll be much happier if you stick to an OS that suits your personality. And you'll be doing the rest of us a favor, too; you leave Macs to Mac users, and we'll leave beige to you.

I hate to break it to you, friend (0, Troll)

StarKruzr (74642) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659937)

... but with the introduction of the Intel-based Mac came the beginning of the end of it being only for eyeliner-bedecked cutting losers like yourself.

Starkruzr's a mixed up kid and liar, check it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18780451)

Check this out about starkruzr from his post history here at slashdot, and prepare to laugh your asses off about him and his problems telling the truth, or what sex he is even, hahahaha.

Nobody should trust or believe anything you state starkruzr. You've been caught lying with your own words.

Are you a girl, or boy? You are not sure yourself:

"Also, I never said I was from Staten Island. You did. I never said I was the girl in that picture either, you did." - by StarKruzr (74642) on Thursday March 29, @06:16PM (#18536049)

Nobody here at slashdot ever said you were a girl. Only you did:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=227475&cid=184 94155 [slashdot.org]

"Okay, seriously. Let's drop the act. Okay? Yes? Let's quit pretending. I am quite male. I only said I was female to mess with your head." - by StarKruzr (74642) on Monday April 02, @08:18PM (#18581257)

It is simple to see that starLOSER is just another arstechnica liar caught in it here with other reprehensible behavior via his own words quoted above from his post history here at slashdot.

(Yes, the arstechnica member trend and typical pattern continues with starloser here as he is yet another BUSTED as a liar arstechnica loser wasting time on forums, talking big but having done zero himself, as is the arstechnica tradition. Yes, the arstechnica tradition haha, which is also noted in his latest posts like the url linkage above, and his insane rants stating everyone telling him he is acting like a jackass is some apk person. Starkruzr, take your paranoia meds.).

"Check it?" (1)

StarKruzr (74642) | more than 7 years ago | (#18847967)

Welcome to the late 80s, APK.

Re:ATTN: Windows/Linux refugees! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18662975)

If you have nothing better to do all day than to struggle to prove the superiority of Macs (which would be apparent if they really were that good, right fuckface [atspace.com] ?), then you really need to GTFO [thebestpag...iverse.net] .

Re:rule 34 (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659457)

For people wondering: Rules of Internet [encycloped...matica.com]
That has rule 34 written all over.

WARNING: Parent link NSFW (2, Informative)

frazzydee (731240) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659853)

Link in parent NSFW (contains hentai).

The rule is: "Rule 34: If it exists there is porn of it. No exceptions."

Re:rule 34 (3, Funny)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659991)

Indeed it does. And YouTube apparently has the video [youtube.com] .

(Safe for work, not really safe to drink during)

Roland The Splogger (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659283)

Zonk gets cash to post more of Roland's regurgitated bits of uselessness.

That's sick! (5, Funny)

Xymor (943922) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659295)

I'm gonna post that on 4chan.

Mac Users Demand Anti-Windows Immigration Legislat (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659545)

As the realization that their values are being compromised by an inundation of inbred, Windows-using yahoos spread today, the Mac community began to rise up and demand action.

"In order to protect our vital cultural heritage as Mac users, we ask that the Mac community be sealed off until futher notice," said a statement issued by a collection of commenters on this site.

Recognizing a vital voting bloc in this year's mid-term election, politicians raced to pander to Mac users.

President Bush today vowed to build a 150 mile collection of fences around Apple Stores in an effort to keep Windows users from migrating to the Macintosh. Republicans in Congress pressed for stricter measures that would require former Windows users to switch back.

House Democrats, meanwhile, proposed a tepid reeducation program that would help Windows users acclimate to the Macintosh community by teaching them some of the basics of good taste.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said, "Many Windows users simply don't know, for example, that War At Home is really a horrible, horrible show.

"Truly awful. Abysmal. Absolutely unwatchable."

For most Mac users, however, none of this pandering was satisfactory.

"I won't be happy until Windows users are shot before they come within thirty feet of a Macintosh," said columnist Andy Ihnatko.

"I'm kind of a stickler that way."

Many were concerned that an influx of Windows users would mean fewer Macs for those who bleed six colors.

"Macs for Mac users!" a collection of protestors shouted unironically outside the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store.

Apple declined to comment for this story other than to repeat "'Macs for Mac users'?"

Re:Mac Users Demand Anti-Windows Immigration Legis (1)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660227)

N/ot that it does any good to ask an AC anything, but what about Linux then?

obligatory in spaaaace (1)

idonthack (883680) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659787)

Satellites Mating Via Robotic Arm ...in Spaaaace!

Robotic Arm? (5, Funny)

jlindy (1028748) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659309)

Sounds like their more at the foreplay stage.

Re:Robotic Arm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18668505)

That's no arm!

Video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lnqIxv5uTY [youtube.com]

http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/806ffb24a5f27 010vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd/2.html [popsci.com]

The Worst Jobs in Science
Pain, Tedium, Danger, Disgust, Humiliation--It's all just part of the average workday for the (often proud, more often smelly) members of our third annual honor roll of the Worst Jobs in Science

By John Galvin | October 2005

9. NASA Ballerina
Her dance partner is a supersensitive Robot

Give him an "A" for effort. Earlier this year NASA robot scientist Vladimir Lumelsky unveiled a revolutionary "skin" that will allow robots to sense the presence of astronauts and to move out of the way so that nobody gets hurt. Lumelsky's skin is being developed to assist in NASA's future space-exploration plans--trips that will rely heavily on robots. The current skin uses 1,000 infrared sensors to detect moving objects and then relays the data to the robot's "brain," which instantly signals the robot to skedaddle. Lumelsky envisions future skins with tens of thousands of infrared sensors able to withstand the extreme heat, cold and radiation of space travel. It's serious science, and Lumelsky, being a serious man, gave nary a thought to the fact that his prototype robot bears a striking resemblance to a giant phallus.

For the 'bot's public debut he hired a leotard-clad ballerina to dance with it (see for yourself:www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/mpeg/115084m ain_ballerina.mpeg [nasa.gov] ). "It takes two to tango," Lumelsky e-mailed us, somewhat exasperated. "The astronaut must be able to turn his back to the robot and expect it to act adequately, like a dance partner. Our system does this; no other such systems exist.

"We humans are completely unprepared to see a machine behave (literally) like an animal," he added. "As with everything else in our culture, it wears off quickly, but it takes your breath away when seeing it for the first time." We'll say!


I AM SO TURNED ON (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659315)

That description is incredibly erotic :3

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659521)

Oh yeah. I want to eat some satellite pussy.

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659625)

retard

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659657)

At least I'm not a fucking nigger like you.

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659667)

I'm sorry. Would you prefer I not have any more sex?

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659763)

Yes please?

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18660475)

wtf is happening on this site? Every story I read I get some crap about niggers, jews, fucking each other and all this. If you guys love each other sooooooo much please take it off site. I am sick reading this crap you all spew about whatever the fuck you are going on about.

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18660989)

The drawball containment field has failed! Quick! Somebody get more ink!

Re:I AM SO TURNED ON (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18662853)

SUGGESTION: Don't read -1 posts. That's why we have moderation.

Servicing the other? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659317)

So NextSat gave ASTRO a reach-around?
 

Re:Servicing the other? (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659681)

So NextSat gave ASTRO a reach-around?

Rut-roh Rorge!

Internet? (3, Funny)

qbwiz (87077) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659361)

But what does it mean for international website operators when they need help to deliver their content? Will they use a system designed for U.S.'s DARPA?

I see... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659375)

More Roland puke courtesy of Zonk. He likes the French blow jobs...

The summary is mistaken (5, Funny)

MutantHamster (816782) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659413)

If you do it with your arm it's not technically "mating."

Don't Tell Roland and Zonk. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659453)

You'll destroy a beautiful relationship.

Why? (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659465)

Octopus would disagree with you. In addition, so would many of the artificial inseminators.

Heck, there is even a case of a doc getting a BJ from another doc, and it turned out that she saved the sperm on the side and impregnated herself. Later, she was able to sue him in court for paternal support.

Re:Why? (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659551)

oh great, you just had to bring tentacles into this

Re:The summary is mistaken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659485)

It is if there is a exchange of fluids.

Fuel, check. Its sex! Just what till the explosive reentry!

Re:The summary is mistaken (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659489)

"I did not have sex with that satellite."

Re:The summary is mistaken (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659613)

Maybe it's not an arm.

Re:The summary is mistaken (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659633)

How about with a cigar?

Re:The summary is mistaken (2, Funny)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659783)

Congratulations! You have just dashed the last hope of many of us here! I hope you're happy!

wrong metaphor (2, Insightful)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659433)

OK, these satellites aren't really mating. Are they exchange some kind of digital DNA or code? Is one going to become pregnant and reproduce?

I'm all for understanding scientific miracles of progress in mythical or reverential terms at *some* level, but this one doesn't really fly with me. I would describe it more as doctoring or healing.

Re:wrong metaphor (2, Funny)

dave420 (699308) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659449)

Well, they're not doing much, so they're kind of just fucking with each other. I guess that's why they said "mating".

Re:wrong metaphor (2, Informative)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659605)

Check out the entry on Dictionary.com [reference.com] . If you look under verb, the entry numbered 15 says:

15. to connect or link: a telephone system mated to a computerized information service.

It is a perfectly valid use, and not a metaphor. That said... you can see what people here at /. are think about when the word "mating" is used.

Re:wrong metaphor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659747)

Well, there's some sort of fluid exchange involved, apparently.

Re:wrong metaphor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659797)

There's a fluid transfer, going both ways... although ASTRO is clearly the dom.

Re:wrong metaphor (1)

MidnightBrewer (97195) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660331)

It's the correct usage of both servicing and mating. After all, regardless of whether or not you use a condom (arguably for the purpose of preventing the exchange of DNA and somebody becoming pregnant), it's still called mating. If you want, you could refer to it as regurgitating instead. :)

Re:wrong metaphor (1)

stonecypher (118140) | more than 7 years ago | (#18665077)

OK, these satellites aren't really mating.

Surprising as it might be to the language experts on Slashdot, "mating" means things other than sex. Call a plumber and ask them what mated joints are. The satellites really are mating.

Re:wrong metaphor (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 7 years ago | (#18665145)

I stand corrected and better-informed.

tagged boycottroland (4, Insightful)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659513)

Two roland blogspam articles on the front page at the same time... it would be funny if it wasn't a shitcock earning money he doesn't deserve by whoring other peoples' work.

Re:tagged boycottroland (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659595)

it would be funny if it wasn't a shitcock earning money he doesn't deserve by whoring other peoples' work.

Much like Slashdot, eh?

Re:tagged boycottroland (0)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659919)

Tagged "!boycottroland", because, um, it's not his website that he's linking to....

Re:tagged boycottroland (0, Offtopic)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660125)

Oops! Looks like Roland fucked up!

Re:tagged boycottroland (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18669343)

Um, he hasn't been linking to his own sites for over a year, I think.

Re:tagged boycottroland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18661631)

Roland stories haven't had his blog linked for like a year now. Time to get over it, before you fail at Internet.

Re:tagged boycottroland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18664697)

His articles get more painful each time he submits one.

Mating? They were launched together and haven't even separated yet. They're doing preliminary tests of the fuel transfer system. Next they'll swap batteries (can't wait to hear the analogies on that one). Then they'll separate and come back together.

Oh yeah, and don't forget how "widely covered" the launch was last month...by which he means a couple of space-related sites had articles on it.

Finally, don't forget to close with a clumsy attempt to jumpstart discussion by asking a shortsited question not raised by the original article.

Frankly, I've got no problems with the way Roland links articles now, since he's not simply plagiarizing them to his blog. However, they're some of the most poorly written drivel that ever makes it through the editors. He's worse than MSNBC about taking mildly interesting stories like this (or more often flat out boring non-stories) and trying to make them sound like the biggest thing happening in field X, from which we shall all reap consumer benefits in no time at all.

Unfortunate word choice (1)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659661)

Satellites Mating Via Robotic Arm

Does this qualify as a marital aid?

Re:Unfortunate word choice (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#18661293)

Unfortunate?

Not as unfortunate as this "the first one servicing the other..."

Sounds like satellite husbandry.

How much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659677)

Would I have to give NASA to get serviced in space?

Yeah well (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659679)

At least they're doing it... in Space.

Whats the real goal of this technology? (1)

gogojcp (957158) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659719)

I got to wonder if this is an indirect response to China's anti-satellite test last summer. I mean, it has to be cheaper to send up a new satellite than to refuel an old one so this seems like a bad approach based on the stated purpose.

As a satellite killer though it has potential. It could be stealthy by sitting in orbit waiting to go into action. It could destroy a satellite without leaving obvious evidence. And It wouldn't leave a lot of debris that could damage friendly satellites.

Won't be used by anyone else... (1)

doctor_nation (924358) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659761)

I can guarantee no non-US agency or company will use DARPA's method any time soon. All space-related activity falls under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), so it can't be shared with any non-US entity.

Re:Won't be used by anyone else... (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659855)

You haven't the foggiest idea what you are talking about.

Re:Won't be used by anyone else... (1)

dgbrownnt (1012901) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660685)

Holy crap, people are actually talking about the article and not robots having sexual relations (or a lack thereof) in space!!

Re:Won't be used by anyone else... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18661755)

Yeah, rather disappointing...

Re:Won't be used by anyone else... (1)

doctor_nation (924358) | more than 7 years ago | (#18661693)

Actually, I know exactly what I'm talking about. I have to deal with those restrictions myself- they directly affect the work I do. So I absolutely know what they mean. And I know for a fact that no technical information for anything that is planned to go into space can be released to a non-US entity (since 9/11). Broadly speaking, that includes any information that allows the device to be replicated- dimensions, detailed operation, schematics, etc. Although anything already in the public domain is OK.

What does it mean? What does THAT mean? (4, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659767)

But what does it mean for international satellite operators when they need help with their space birds? Will they use a system designed for U.S.'s DARPA?

I don't know... what does it mean when an Airbus passenger jet needs help with a bad engine? That systems being built by the US to service their own flying hardware should also be set up to fix other countries'/consortiums' hardware? Would something designed by the European space entities/ventures be designed specifically to service both their stuff and everyone else's? Why is this question even being asked in this context? Oh, right... because it's flamebait, and that generates chit-chat, like this.

bow chicka wow wow (1)

LordGilman (573142) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659813)

I tagged this as "bowchickawowwow"

FINALLY! (2, Funny)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659815)

FINALLY... my fetish has come true! Those pics were so HOT!

The important question (1)

PixieDust (971386) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659845)

Is who do i have to talk to to download my 1337 space robot porn? Is this a new marketing/fundraising tactic by NASA?

I, for one... (4, Funny)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659895)

... am not going to make the obvious robot jokes.

Re:I, for one... (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660413)

Overlords space arm robotic new our welcome, one for, I!

One servicing the other (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18659901)

Who is pitching? who is catching?

Re:One servicing the other (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18660027)

Do you mean Zonk and Roland?

Robo Fisting (1)

Gojaroo (987220) | more than 7 years ago | (#18659945)

The porn of the future.

Re:Robo Fisting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18662115)

Where KY Jelly is replaced with WD40

Mating? Is that like making love? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18660007)

Y'know, left, down, rotate sixty-two degrees, engage rotors...

Why... (3, Insightful)

plasmoidia (935911) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660079)

Why did the submitter have to phrase the title that way?! This is some really cool stuff. Yet as it is, I think I saw about three posts that did not in some way allude to sex.... *sigh* What are you to expect from the Slashdot crowd?

Automated Rendezvous and Docking is an exciting field right now. Success of the Orbital Express mission is going to be a huge step forward (trying to be optimistic). The linked article looks pretty good. Space.com [space.com] also has a good story on it.

Yep, too easy sex jokes and the main point is lost (1)

JohnnyComeLately (725958) | more than 7 years ago | (#18662849)

I've seen a few birds spun up and super-synced because they were too low on Hyrdazine to be reliable for future stationkeeping maneauvers (*que sex jokes*). There are also uses for reducing the payload needed to put a satellite in orbit. Although orbital mechanics probably makes this less feasible, it's still an option available that wasn't (until this test proved the capability of the concept).

To get specific, GPS satellites fire thrusters about twice a year to keep their orbit the right inclination, and the rotation the right speed (Delta V and Delta Yaw maneuvers). The satellites don't carry a whole lot of fuel for system design and weight reasons. The birds are built to last 5 years and have always had enough fuel for stationkeeping to outlive the 5. However, I've seen first generation (Block 1) last 13 years when only designed to live 2 (SVN3 for anyone who cares) as an R&D bird. Hence, current birds designed to last 5 can run out of Hydrazine at the 8 or 9 year mark. Those birds could be theoretically refuelled to last longer. A good rebuttal, however, could be the current birds are getting so cluttered that fuel is no longer a large cause for end-of-life super-sync.

For the uninitiated, super-sync is where you boost the satellite far enough out that it won't pose a physical safety risk for that orbital slot. There are certain positions needed and if a dead satellite is there it renders it unusable (e.g. visualize a commercial airliner that gets a flat on the runway, and the runway is now permanently unusable....maintenance crews can't get to a satellite 12,000 miles away). You spin it up so that it remains stable due to gyroscopic forces. If it's spun up, and even super-synced, it's still somewhat usable in extreme circumstances (e.g. GulfWar I used a GPS bird previously unusable).

Finally, my last point was in regards to satellites that use a lot of fuel. MILSTAR satellites perform thruster firings all the time and even do it automously (GPS is a big affair with lots of people on crew watching and commanding the firing....currently...newer ones are being built which MAY do it themselves). The satellite is extremely heavy, requiring the largest spacelift vehicles available for their 22,000 mile high orbit. If you could refuel at a orbital transfer point, it could reduce the weight at launch.

Anyway, this comment will probably be lost in the sex jokes, but the implications of this are really cool for the space geek. For the other post about using it as a satellite killer...this is really something the US Military is trying to avoid. We could easily and completely render useless the asset of Space if we're not careful about debris. From a practical, and strategic standpoint, it's a bad idea. Sorta like briefcase nukes. Yeah, we can do it, but it's pretty stupid. (hence the nuclear artillary and briefcases are a relic from the 60s which likely will never be revisited).

Re:Why... (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 7 years ago | (#18668935)

Why did the submitter have to phrase the title that way?! This is some really cool stuff. Yet as it is, I think I saw about three posts that did not in some way allude to sex....

The submitter has traditionally posted stories pointing to his blog as a way of getting hits. Therefore, he's gotten into the habit of posting things in provocative ways. "Robot satellites share resources in space" won't quite get the number of hits and comments that "Satellites mating via robotic arm" will. The quality of discussion is unimportant, he's looking for volume of discussion.

Obligitary Futurama response (2, Funny)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660221)

"I don't want people thinking we're robosexuals, so if anybody asks, you're my debugger." - Bender

I give up (2, Funny)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660321)

Well, that's it, then. Even orbital satellites are getting more action than I am.

Advanced Tehnology? (1)

Reigo Reinmets (1035336) | more than 7 years ago | (#18660623)

I looked at TFA, and i watched the video and images in there, and came to a question:
If my cellphone has a 3.2Mpx color camera built-in it, Why can't an expensive spacecraft like this have a decent COLOR camera?

Re:Advanced Tehnology? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18660675)

Does color allow you to better see things?
Do you get to better assess the robots in question?

Why is color important? other than it's pretty?

You get better resolution with B/W anyway.

Re:Advanced Tehnology? (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667243)

Maybe because your cellphone doesn't have to send pictures from space to mission control in adverse weather conditions?

Stuck Here (1)

karlandtanya (601084) | more than 7 years ago | (#18661367)

When you build a ship to sail deep space,
you can't have a crew of mortal race;
'cause a hundred years from star to star
with a human crew is just too far.
Think of all the beer you'd have to bring,
not to mention...other necessities.

So you fill your ship with a robot crew,
you add a computer captain, too--
you get some experience for free,
from some old spacer's personality.
Like some shuttle pilot who's just learned from his last mistake. ...That's where I come in.

So, you find some bloke who's halfway dead,
and you haul him home and you scan his head--
And a hundred years of flyin' high is a damned good deal when you're about to die!
'Till you've had a few decades to think about it.
It gets lonely out in space.
And a thousand frozen colonists don't count.

Well, there beyond my solar sail
are five hundred hunks of frozen tail.
If I thawed one out (and I know I could)
it wouldn't do me a bit of good.
Don't have any damned body.
Just this starship.

Half a billion miles astern,
it's another lonesome sucker's turn.
So, I'll radio back and say "Hey, you!"
Oh...I didn't know they took women, too.
Lovely night out, tonight, isn't it?
Gee, look at all them pretty stars.
Yeah. Me too.

So, we'll talk and murmer "I love you"
like other star-crossed lovers do,
and in eighty years, we've made a date!
Ever see two starships mate?

(That was from memory--Apologies to Frank Hayes for any mangling of his lyrics)

Arm... (1)

session_start (1086203) | more than 7 years ago | (#18667173)

So thats what these kids are calling it these days...

Global Warming Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18670711)

Here [cognitivelabs.com]

Could cause a known medical condition... (1)

Puppet Master (19479) | more than 7 years ago | (#18672695)

Robotic Elbow.

How long? (1)

johnsonjii (1080641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18718851)

How long before the baby satellites arrive?
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