First Learning Robot in Space

At the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, Leopold Summerer (head of ESA’s Advanced Concepts Team) presented the Self-Supervised Learning experiment, which has been performed on board of the International Space Station (ISS). A small drone successfully taught itself to see distances using only one eye. The experiment was designed in collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) lab of TU Delft, and was the final step of a five-years research effort aimed at in-orbit testing of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) concepts.

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