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ANA Holdings partners with Japan’s space agency on ‘Avatar X’ telepresence program

7 Sep 2018, 02:38 UTC
ANA Holdings partners with Japan’s space agency on ‘Avatar X’ telepresence program
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An artist’s conception shows the site plan for the Avatar X lab planned in Japan’s Oita prefecture. (Clouds Architecture Office)
Telepresence robots on the moon and Mars? That’s the vision laid out for the partnership between ANA Holdings, the parent company of Japan’s All Nippon Airways, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
The ANA-JAXA program, known as Avatar X, aims to establish a public-private consortium to develop new types of human-controlled robots that can collect data and perform tasks in remote locations. The concept is in line with the ANA Avatar Vision that was unveiled in March, as well as with JAXA’s new J-SPARC research and development program.
“ANA is driven by a bold and inspiring vision of the future of flight, and this boldness doesn’t stop on our planet,” Shinya Katanozaka, president and CEO of ANA Holdings, said today in a news release.
“Through innovative partnerships like Avatar X, we are excited about the possibilities of what we can accomplish and where we can go when the private and public sectors join forces,” he said.
Once the consortium is set up, the Avatar X roadmap calls for the creation of a technological testbed in Japan’s southern prefecture of Oita. ...

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