In Science and Space: A small robot called MIRA is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024 to perform simulated surgical procedures in microgravity.
The technology used could in the future provide solutions for medical emergencies that require surgical intervention while astronauts are far from home, such as missions to Mars.
MIRA, or “miniaturized in vivo robotic assistant,” was awarded her $100,000 prize to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the Competitive Research Stimulus Program (EPSCoR) established by the U.S. Department of Energy. Fly to the International Space Station.
But for now, on the 2024 test mission, MIRA will operate in a microwave-sized experimental cabinet aboard her ISS in low-Earth orbit.
MIRA is developed by Virtual Incision. Virtual Incision is a startup co-founded by Farritor that has attracted over $100 million in venture capital investment since its inception in 2006.