American scientists are working on developing a robotic doctor or surgeon to perform surgical operations in outer space, while the robot is expected to see the light of day within the next two years after the necessary experiments have been conducted on it.
According to a report published by the British newspaper “Daily Mail” and seen by “Al-Arabiya.net”, this robotic doctor is scheduled to be tested on the International Space Station (ISS), in the year 2024, after scientists and researchers have completed the necessary research for him.
The newspaper says that this robot, which bears the name (MIRA) can perform surgery independently on humans in space later.
The project comes with the support and funding of the US space agency “NASA”, which had given 100,000 scientists last April to work on this project.
And American scientists in Nebraska have developed a robot called (MIRA), which is an acronym for the “miniature robotic assistant in vivo.”
In 2024, the miniature surgical robot will blast off to the space station, where it will be tested for its ability to cut simulated tissue.
Scientists claim that this robot could one day repair an astronaut’s torn appendix during a mission to Mars, or remove shrapnel from a soldier who suffered an explosion thousands of miles away.
And the robotic surgeon “Mira” is the creation of Shane Variator, a professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States, according to the “Daily Mail” confirms.
“NASA has been a long-term supporter of this research, and as a culmination of this effort, our robot will have the opportunity to fly on the International Space Station,” Professor Varitor said.
The Mira robot weighs just two pounds and is essentially a long robotic cylinder with two movable slits at the bottom. And each of these forks has two small tools at the end, one for locking things and the other for clipping things. Eventually they will be used to cut and preserve real human organs and tissues, but for safety, years of research, development and testing must be completed first.
Currently, the instruments are inserted through a single incision in the patient’s abdomen and controlled by a human operator nearby in the surgeon’s console, but in the future the robot could be made to operate independently.
“As people go farther and deeper into space, they may need to have surgery one day,” Professor Varitor said. “We are working towards that goal.”
During his journey aboard the space station, surgeon Mira will work independently, without the direction of a doctor or astronaut. Inside an experimental cabinet the size of a microwave oven, tightly stretched rubber bands would be cut and metal rings pushed along a wire, gestures that mimic those that occur during normal surgery in humans.
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