MIT’s robotic tail could aid crew operations in space

By Cabe Atwell

Astronauts often have to be tethered to a bulkhead or other stationary object to work in space, which can be a hindrance while carrying out any number of tasks, both in and outside the spacecraft. To help astronauts mitigate the weightless effects while working in microgravity, researchers from MIT’s Media Lab have designed a soft robotic tail that serves as a sort of balance mechanism that responds to the wearer’s movements.

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