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these cute little guys are among the newest additions to the international space station NASA's testing out these drones with the expectation that they'll assist astronauts with maintenance tasks and basic housekeeping chores honey queen and bumble the astro be robots as they're called are operated remotely but can also work autonomously equipped with an array of sensors and cameras each is equipped with an arm to grab stuff seen here they float around using air fans for propulsion looking back NASA has bigger plans for the robots though the astro bees are customizable and can be upgraded with new parts NASA hopes to use them to assist in experiments next year the software is also open source so members of the public can suggest their own tweaks and eventually NASA hopes the tech will be incorporated into more ambitious missions such as Mars