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NASA's Robonaut To Receive Its Legs
2014-03-13 06:42:07

[ Watch the Video: NASA Building Legs For ISS Robonaut 2 ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The International Space Station's (ISS) Robonaut 2 (R2) will be receiving new legs built and sent by NASA aboard the SpaceX-3 cargo supply mission. The SpaceX mission is due to launch March 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The new legs were funded by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates. The legs will give R2 the...

walking feet
2014-01-18 05:18:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Before most humans turn one year old – walking appears to be a complete mystery. However, not long after we take our first steps, walking around becomes a mundane mode of transportation we rarely give a second thought to. Now, researchers from Oregon State University have found a unique interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles and tendons that reveals how a leg moving forward during walking maximizes motion while using the...

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...

2013-09-11 12:20:49

HOUSTON, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Krystin Mitchell of NASA Johnson Space Center's property accounting team is a June honoree of the POWER of One bronze-level award for organizational impact. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) POWER of One recognizes individual contributions and superior accomplishments for a one-time effort or project. Mitchell, who joined NASA just four years ago, was recognized for contributions above and beyond her...

space robot aboard the iss
2013-09-06 11:19:51

[ Watch the Video: Japanese Robot Begins Duty On The Space Station ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A tiny Japanese robot will spend the next year and a half on the International Space Station (ISS) keeping lonely astronauts company and entertaining children stationed on Earth. The pint-sized android named Kirobo has built-in voice recognition software designed by Toyota and will keep records of the conversations it has with astronaut Koichi Wakata. Another...

Improved Mobility And Strength For Astronauts, Paraplegics From NASA's Ironman-Like Exoskeleton
2013-08-05 09:57:04

NASA Marvel Comic's fictional superhero, Ironman, uses a powered armor suit that allows him superhuman strength. While NASA's X1 robotic exoskeleton can't do what you see in the movies, the latest robotic, space technology, spinoff derived from NASA's Robonaut 2 project may someday help astronauts stay healthier in space with the added benefit of assisting paraplegics in walking here on Earth. NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) of Pensacola, Fla., with...

Japan To Send Robot On Mission To International Space Station
2013-06-26 14:31:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Japan's pint-sized KIROBO will be going on a new mission this summer, making its way towards the International Space Station (ISS). KIROBO is a humanoid robot that will be accompanying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on a flight to the space station in August. The robot will be able to remember Wakata's face so it can recognize him when they reunite up in space. The 13-inch tall robot is programmed to communicate in Japanese...

Linux To Become Exclusive OS Of The International Space Station
2013-05-12 09:30:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Laptop computers essential to the day-to-day operations of the International Space Station (ISS) crew will be switching operating systems from Windows XP to Linux, according to published reports. The laptops, which are on the space station´s “opsLAN” network, are used by astronauts to interface with onboard cameras and complete several other routine tasks, Joel Gunter of The Telegraph explained on Friday....

2013-04-01 16:20:26

Competition Platform Building on Measureable Successes, High Value Returns from Previous Challenges, Puts Sights on Visual Recognition for Robonaut 2 GLASTONBURY, Conn., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., the world's largest open innovation platform and competitive community of 470,000 digital creators, today announced two new marathon competitions hosted through the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) that will look to continue delivery of output-based high value returns in...