NASA's Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

NASA's Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft . The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Station. The bot won't float on its own until later in the spring, but it should be good to go -- including for automated recharging at its docking station, Kibo.