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NASA`s first humanoid robot `turned on` in space

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 18:21

London: In a bid to help the astronauts in space, NASA researchers have developed a humanoid robot.

Ground controllers turned on the Robonaut – the first humanoid robot in space – for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February.

The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut’s systems, though the robot was not commanded to move, that will happen next week.

And in keeping with current trends, Robonaut even has his own Twitter page.

“Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind,” the Daily Mail quoted Robonaut as tweeting.

“Sure wish I could move my head and look around,” Robonaut added.

Even, the deputy project manager Nicolaus Radford is very excited with the progress.

“It was just very exciting. It’s been a long time coming to get this thing turned on,” he said.

The robot was delivered on space shuttle Discovery’s final flight. On September 1, controllers will command Robonaut to move its fingers, hands and arms.

For now, Robonaut — also called R2 — is designed to stay inside the space station. Future versions might venture out on spacewalks, saving astronauts time while keeping them safe.


First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 18:21
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