From the 60's onwards the Russians and the Americans regularly used animals
like rats, dogs and chimpanzees in their experiments with rockets. The vast
majority of these animal astronauts never returned to earth and ended their
lives strapped into a harness, slowly starving to death in ever decreasing
orbits. About as far removed from "autonomous" as you can get,
It comes as no surprise that government space agencies treat animals as just another commodity to be used to further their agenda of control. It is these same agencies that offer humanity the two choices of imprisonment or living in their confined vision of society - a prison of consumption and production. However some of us are looking through the bars and planning our escape - not from one prison to another, but to a completely new society in outer space.