Forget Whale Calls Doze Off to NASAs Robot Sounds


first_imgWanna check out some more creepy sounds? Click over here for that time Facebook created ambient murder noises. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain center_img In space, no one can hear you scream.But in the Robotics Operation Center (ROC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, there’s no escaping the whir and buzz of robots prepping for a cosmic adventure.NASA technologist Brian Roberts takes you behind the scenes of the ROC (pronounced just like the 1996 action-adventure film about Alcatraz)—an incubator for robotic development.The lab, about the size of a school gymnasium, is lined with black curtains that, when the lights are turned off, simulate the utter blackness of outer space.In an audio tour, released this week by NASA, Roberts describes some of the androids used to mimic robots working in space.“Just like a sports team practices before they play a game, we practice with robots as well,” he said in a statement. “We work out all the details of how to put the robot together and make sure it works before we build the more expensive flight unit.”The ROC is currently home to various machines, including the engineering unit of a future cosmobot, a motion platform for mounting a satellite mock-up, and an industrial humanoid (called Motoman SIA20D) used by factories to assemble furniture and cars.Think of it like a nursery, filled with chattering children, each with their own personality and voice. Together, they create a unique blend of sounds. Some robots resonate sing like hail hitting a tin roof; others emulate the tune of revving engines.“Where we’re headed with robots and space is really to allow them to be more tightly integrated with the humans working outside a module or on the surface of a planetary body, whether the Moon or Mars,” Roberts said. “We really want to take that to the next step now.”If machinery isn’t your thing, the European Space Agency and NASA last month published “sounds of the Sun,” captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Listen to three minutes of waves, loops, and eruptions of the brightest star.last_img

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