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NASA Robonaut 2 Gets Legs
2013-12-10 12:21:04

[ Watch the Video: NASA Building Legs For ISS Robonaut 2 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what seems to be the latest step toward Star Trek-like technology, NASA has finished building mechanized legs for the International Space Station’s (ISS) robotic crew member, R2. Currently attached to a support post, the R2 robot arrived on the ISS back in February 2011 and has been performing a series of tasks to test its functionality in a microgravity environment....

2013-12-09 20:20:22

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station's robotic crewmember Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has...

2012-09-14 12:10:39

NASA has selected eight advanced robotics projects that will enable the agency's future missions while supporting the Obama administration's National Robotics Initiative. The projects, ranging from technologies for improving robotic planetary rovers to humanoid robotic systems, will support the development and use of robots for space exploration, as well as by manufacturers and businesses in the United States. Robots can work beside, or cooperatively, with people to enhance individual...

Human And Humanoid Perform First Handshake In Space
2012-02-16 12:22:26

[ Watch the Video ] Daniel Burbank, current commander of the International Space Station crew, has taken a new step in orbit by becoming the first human to shake hands with a humanoid robot in space. Burbank shook hands with Robonaut after ground controllers activated computer software that enabled the robot to extend its right hand, fingers outstretched. "The first human-humanoid handshake in space," Burbank said as the months of testing the Robonaut finally came to an end....

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2011-08-23 12:49:57

  Nearly six months after being delivered to the International Space Station aboard the STS-133 Discovery mission, Robonaut 2 successfully passed its first test on Monday, making it the first human-like robot to become a resident of the outpost 220 miles above Earth. The test involved powering up all of Robonaut´s systems, but the robot was not commanded to move; engineers said that will occur next week. A member of the team tweeted under the name @AstroRobonaut...

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2011-03-17 09:20:00

Astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) enjoyed a bit of fun as they unpacked Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot ever launched into space, after its arrival via shuttle Discovery. American Catherine Coleman and Italian Paolo Nespoli opened the lid of the packing box, as though they were opening a coffin. TV cameras revealed foam inside, but no robot, AP is reporting. A payload controller at Marshall Space Flight Center radioed, "It's like unearthing a mummy." "Well, at least...

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2010-07-31 07:35:00

NASA's Robonaut 2 has no voice but is ready to tell you its story -- in 140 characters or less. The prototype robot will travel to space this fall to give NASA a deeper understanding of human-robotic interaction. Called R2, the robot has started sending updates about its upcoming mission from its new Twitter account, @AstroRobonaut. With the help of its supporting team, R2 will document its preparations for launch and, eventually, its work aboard the International Space Station. "Hello World!...

2010-07-30 16:39:00

HOUSTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Robonaut 2 has no voice but is ready to tell you its story -- in 140 characters or less. The prototype robot will travel to space this fall to give NASA a deeper understanding of human-robotic interaction. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Called R2, the robot has started sending updates about its upcoming mission from its new Twitter account,...

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2010-04-14 12:30:00

NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth. The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two hands. R2 will launch on space shuttle...

2010-04-14 10:22:00

WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth. (Logo:...