Expedition 28 - Robonaut Makes Its Debut Aboard the International Space Station Print
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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 19:15

Aboard the International Space Station on Aug. 22, 2011,, Expedition 28 Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa unveiled the dexterous humanoid device called Robonaut for initial testing of its electronics. Robonaut is an endeavor between NASA and General Motors to improve robotic technology and capabilities for future space exploration platforms. Robonaut demonstrates that a dexterous robot can launch and operate in a space vehicle, manipulate mechanisms in a microgravity environment, operate for an extended duration within the space environment, assist with tasks, and, eventually, interact with the crew members. Robonaut not only looks like a human but also is designed to work like one. With human-like hands and arms, Robonaut is able to use the same tools station crew members use. In the future, the greatest benefits of humanoid robots in space may be as assistants for astronauts during spacewalks.


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