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Counterpoint: The case for 'telepresence' in space

John Merchant
11/17/2009 04:00 PM EST

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re: Counterpoint: The case for 'telepresence' in space
HankWalker   11/19/2009 2:06:38 PM
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Sometime in the early 1980s an article very similar to this one appeared in the New York Times. I responded with a letter to the editor. My main point then is still valid. It is that the optimal solution will likely be human-robot teams. Robots break, and it will require very significant advancements to deploy teleoperated robots that can repair other robots. As was noted, the round-trip delay time limits humans to supervisory roles for missions beyond LEO. This drastically limits missions for many years to come. If one wants to explore an entire planet or moon in detail, this will require lots of robots, plus some human teams.

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