Virtual Incision is developing remotely operated robots that are small enough to perform abdominal surgeries in challenging locations, whether that’s in a field hospital or aboard the International Space Station.

The company, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, with offices in Pleasanton, California, has already tested its robots on NASA’s “vomit comit,” a plane that flies in parabolas to create weightlessness, and in a NASA mission that put astronauts in an underwater habitat to simulate the remoteness of space.

The robots have yet to fly with the International Space Station, but the start-up is hoping to land its technology there in the future, and perhaps even on missions to the moon and Mars.

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