21 June 2017
Vol 2, Issue 7

About The Cover

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ONLINE COVER Exploring Extreme Environments. Human exploration of space and marine environments requires extensive and expensive redundant life support systems found on submarines and spacecraft. In contrast, robots have a huge operating range advantage over humans and are already able to operate cost effectively and with high precision in extremely harsh environments. They can also deliver new possibilities in sensing and materials handling that are far outside the capabilities of unaided humans. Combining human insight and flexible problem solving with robotic sensor and effectors will create the next generation of explorers. [CREDIT: ESA]