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Wireless Watchdogs: Intelligent Software for Astronauts and their Robots Space.com

Computer software developed in California’s Silicon Valley may prove indispensable to future astronauts tasked with the monumental job of exploring an entire planet. Embedded in a backpack-worn laptop, the smart software responds to voice commands, links astronauts to mission control and their planet-side habitat. It even communicates with any robotic assistants that might be roving nearby. The complete system — autonomous rover included — has already passed an initial shakedown test and is headed out to the Utah desert for another run under research conditions.