JAKARTA, NNC – A spaceship will be equipped with an emergency button "take me home". The button will automatically "take" the missing astronauts into space and return them to the space station.
This could be a lifesaver for astronauts who get lost in space. In addition to being controlled by the astronauts themselves, the buttons can also be activated by members of the mission control in the field.
Such an emergency tool will avoid the nightmarish scenario depicted in the movie Gravity 2013 when two astronauts were lost in space. 19659004] "An astronaut runs the risk of experiencing the worst of scenarios, getting lost in space," said Kevin Duda, Draper's space engine engineer based in Cambridge, Mbad., Quoted by the Daily Mail website on Sunday (10/12/2017).
Kevin said, although there is no deadline in this study, he has made some initial prototypes with NASA to improve the design and test the ability to automatically return astronauts. "Conservatively, we see the development of this tool in the range of five to ten years," he said.
Kevin has studied astronauts and their environment aboard the International Space Station. He and his colleagues recently applied for a patent for an autonomous return system to ensure that astronauts are safe, even if no other astronaut can save them.
Despite facing many challenges, Kevin ensures that the system must be able to determine the exact location in a space environment where GPS is not available. The button must calculate the optimal return path that takes into account the requirements of time, oxygen consumption, safety and cleanliness.