The International Space Station (ISS) has three new flying robots, collectively known as the Astrobees. Built by NASA, these three bots—named Honey, Queen, and Bumble—will work alongside astronauts on future missions.
“The main purpose of the Astrobee platform is to provide a zero-gravity testbed for guest scientists to try out new robotic technologies in space,” says Maria Bualat, Astrobee project manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, in a press statement. “Astrobee will prove out robotic capabilities that will enable and enhance human exploration. Performing such experiments in zero gravity will ultimately help develop new hardware and software for future space missions.”