Scientists Developing Robots that can Operate on Astronauts in Space

Scientists Developing Robots that can Operate on Astronauts in Space
  • A fist-sized Robot surgeon has been developed by researchers that will be incised in the belly button to perform surgery or removal of an ailing appendix, cut pieces from a diseased colon or perforate a gastric ulcer on astronauts in deep space.
  • It will perform exercises like manipulating rubber bands and other inanimate objects to demonstrate its dexterity.
  • On long deep-space missions robots will accompany future astronauts in order to treat any person experiencing physical trauma.
  • Virtual Incision are working on designing Medical tools carried in space capsules, which needs to be
    • light in weight, and
    • capable of handling different situations.
  • The latest robot with a small video camera on its head is loaded with two arms to grab tools, cauterize and suture tissue (weighs just about 0.49 kg).
  • A human surgeon will control the robot and operate it using joysticks. Prototypes have tested procedures in pigs,and now will work on human cadavers and then test the technology in a living human on Earth.
  • This technology has, however, some disadvantages in space:
    • communication signals will delay in spaceship because of the greater distance, and
    • can be catastrophic if we loose signal or run out of contact.
  • In order to avoid this problem Virtual Incision is training astronauts to perform procedures on each other.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Virtual Incision
  2. Robot
  3. Surgery in Space