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The SpaceX Ax-1 Mission Has Futuristic Self-Assembling Tech to Try Out

The SpaceX Ax-1 Mission Has Futuristic Self-Assembling Tech to Try Out

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 SpaceX launched the first fully private mission to the International Space Station, but the newly minted astronauts won't just be playing tourists in orbit.

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Instead, they'll be conducting a number of experiments, including a state-of-the-art building technique that could inform how future space stations come together.

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The team's research agenda includes work with an air filtration device, cellular biology experiments and a robotic swarm of self-assembling tiles that will be of special interest to future astronauts. 

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With the picture-perfect liftoff, the crew officially began a 10-day journey that will include eight days aboard the International Space Station.

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The research builds on a previous test aboard the station that saw seven tiles assemble in microgravity

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This iteration of the experiment will involve using a set of tiles that work with Raspberry Pi controllers; they'll be released in an aisleway of the ISS to self-assemble. 

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