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In a world where the space shuttle program was in its last days… one robot answered the call to serve… persevered… and found that… just maybe… he had the right stuff too. Now… the mission is set… the countdown is on… and the ticket is one-way. Thursday, February, 24th. 2011. Robonaut 2: The Beginning.
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Although NASA and GM’s Robonaut is more suited to spacewalks than end-zone dances, the little guy is still going to make a Super Bowl appearance. R2, as he’s called, will appear in a pre-show segment and… do I know not what. It’s not like he’s an android, so the whole thing will be a bit scripted, I’m sure. With his magic hands he can probably throw a perfect spiral, though, unlike me. My hands are tragic.
He has a speaker where his mouth is, so I suppose he’ll be discussing his picks with Howie Long. But his software isn’t designed for sports analysis, so I’m thinking it’s really the NASA team’s picks. Boy, I should be a detective or something.
At any rate, the pre-game show starts at 11AM Pacific, so tune in, grab some wings, and watch a robot talk about football. Welcome to the future.
I have talked before about Robonaut 2 or R2 as it is known. R2 is a robot built by NASA and GM to work in space with humans. R2 is one of the most capable robots ever built and can handle a wide variety of tools thanks to complex articulating hands.
The mission that will take R2 to the ISS this fall is coming close to launch. NASA has been looking at how to pack up R2 safely for the trip aboard the space shuttle while still making it easy for astronauts to unpack R2.
NASA researchers came up with a foam-lined box that has been dubbed Sleepr or Structural Launch Enclosure to Effectively Protect Robonaut. NASA and its acronyms, they should have just called it R2′s box. R2 is placed in the box on a rack minus his legs and should be easily put together on the ISS.
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Remember the Robonaut? It’s (he’s?) a joint project between NASA and GM aimed at creating a robot that can perform many of the tasks humans do in space. The funny thing is, though, he’s being sent into space as if he’s a crate of eggs. If this guy is going to stand up to heat, vacuum, and micrometeorites, shouldn’t he be able to handle a rocket launch?
When they send him up, he’ll be wearing mittens, wrapped in foam, and supported in the back and shoulders, because he’s had some tenderness there and asked for it. Some astronaut!
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Tests, upgrades and final checks are being carried out on the Robonaut 2, the humanoid spacefaring robot that has been in the works since 2007. The baby of NASA and General Motors, this sack of metal and wires has already produced a catalog of 34 new patents and, according to GM, is setting the stage for new safety features in forthcoming generations of its road vehicles. Sensor technology being developed in the R2 could deliver better lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and more intelligent parking assistance. That’s good news and all, but can we ship it out to the ISS already — we’d rather it be off-world when its instruction set switches from “serve humans” to “serve human meat.”
Continue reading Robonaut 2 enters final preparations before flying off into space
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For decades boys and girls have dreamed of becoming astronauts when they grow up. Now young assembly-line robots and claw vending machines can share the same dream with news that NASA plans to send Robonaut 2 (R2) into space. R2 will be the first human-like robot in space when it is launched on the shuttle Discovery later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS). ..
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Robonaut 2 Humanoid Robot to live on the International Space Station
NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA and GM developed the Robonaut 2 (R2) humanoid robot without legs. The 300-pound Robonaut 2 consists of a …