WHY should teleoperated robotics lead the way into Space?

For humans to expand permanently into Space, the costs of doing so must be acceptable. Low-cost human access to Space will take time. Yet we do not have to wait for that day to start building a place for humans in Space. Teleoperated robots can function indefinitely in free fall and in high radiation environments. They require no air, water, food, or rest. They have the patience to sit quietly during year-long voyages through the void. With some development, they will be able to do any job a human can do, albeit slower. Most importantly, launch failure entails no loss of life, so that launch systems need be only reasonably reliable. Teleoperated robots will speed the day when humans live in Space permanently, and in large numbers.