Surgeons on Earth operate a surgical robot on the ISS for the first time

Earth-based surgeons piloted a small robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last weekend.n the first orbital operation in historyHowever, initially applied to a rubber fabric.

The experiment, described by participants as a “great success,” represents a new step in the development of space surgery that will be necessary to treat medical emergencies during the numerous manned voyages in the coming years, such as one whose destination is Mars.

The technology could be used to develop remote-controlled surgical techniques on Earth. to care for patients in remote areas.

The robot called spaceMIRA, developed by Virtual Incision (VIC) and the University of Nebraska, launched towards the ISS aboard a SpaceX rocket at the end of January.

Shipping takes place within a box the size of a microwave ovenThe robot was installed by NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, who has been in space since September.

The experiment took place on Saturday and was conducted from Virtual Incision’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska.

It took about two hours, with Six surgeons take turns operating the robot equipped with a camera and two arms.

The experiment tested standard surgical techniques such as scraping, manipulating and cutting tissue. “The simulated tissue was made of rubber bands,” Virtual Incision said in a statement.

You can see in a video shared by the company An arm equipped with pliers takes the elastic and stretches itwhile another arm equipped with scissors cuts, simulating a dissection.

A major difficulty is the time delay of approximately 0.85 seconds between the operations center on Earth and the ISS.

The same experimentwith the same team, will take place on earth.

“The experiment was considered a great success by surgeons and researchers, and there were few or no setbacks,” added the company, which believes this test will “change the future of surgery.”

NASA, which is funding the project, said that as space missions lengthen, “the potential need for emergency care increases, including surgical procedures, from stitches to more complex operations.”

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With information from AFP.

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