Robonaut 2 — the robot voted most likely to be NASA's first astromech droid — has just been fitted with its first pair of prototype legs. Once perfected, the appendages will provide it with the mobility needed to help with tasks both inside and outside the space station.
NASA's Robonaut 2, which is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station, could be outfitted with a pair of legs as early as the start of next year. The anatomical upgrade will raise the spacefaring robot's height to an imposing 8-feet, and increase its potential for mobility considerably. Let's just…
Lose yourself in the story of Robbie the robot, a sentient automaton astronaut that finds itself stranded alone in Earth's orbit for thousands of years after losing contact with Earth in 2045. His battery is dwindling. This is his last message to whoever will listen.
There are certain areas of the International Space Station that most astronauts would rather not visit—like the exterior. But sometimes, somebody has to clamber around out there, looking for hull cracks. That's when the ISS calls on Russia's SAR-400 telepresence assist-droid.
Yesterday, after almost a year onboard the International Space Station, NASA's tweet-happy automaton astronaut (dubbed Robonaut 2 by its creators) did something no robot has ever done in space: it shook a human's hand. You're looking at what could go down as one of the most iconic grip-and-grins in history — human…
It's about time. After months of being boxed up in a crate, and five more months of sitting around after an awesome unboxing, NASA's Robonaut 2 helper droid has finally been powered up.
Star Trek's Data must be smiling. One of his kind has finally made it to the High Frontier. The voyages of Robo Trek have begun!
With the Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-133 launch delayed for the time being, this poor humanoid gets thrown back into storage. Though I gotta admit, the foaminess of his storage crate looks makes it a pretty solid resting place.
Back in the 60s, astronauts had to compete with monkeys to make their way into space. Today, NASA and GM have developed a new trainable, expendable crew member. Its name is Robonaut2.