We have seen many robots come from NASA during the years which have been sent into space , but none of them looked so much like a human, until now. The new model known as R2 will be the first robot in outer space that will actually help the astronauts with their research.


This human like robot known carries the name Robonaut 2 or R2 and it’s the successor of older Robonaut model. It has been developed by NASA and the GM and it has been announced that that R2 will be traveling to the Space Station in September. Unlike his predecessor this model is more flexible and designed to help out the astronauts with lifting heavy objects. Although R2 resembles like a human with two arms he moves with set of 4 wheels which makes him perfect for exploring planet surfaces. Many robots were sent into space before but none of them looked like a human more that this one. How much this model will actually help the astronauts remains to be seen, because his movement isn’t tested in a zero gravity space. Anyway, I guess that we will have to wait until September to see how R2 and the space crew work together in a space station.

One thing is certain, R2 is a great step both for robotics and space explorations, I’m positive that robots are the future when it comes to space explorations, and I’m sure that there will be more robots in space soon enough.

[via Geeky Gadgets, DVICE]

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6 Responses to NASA R2: The first human like robot in space

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    [...] Very cool news from NASA. The robot, named “Robonaut 2″ is built to help along side Astronauts in space by being able to lift heavy objects and doing research. However we will not be able to know if Robonaut 2 will step up to its hype until September when they take it to the NASA space station, where they will test to see if it can move in a zero gravity space. Either way this is dope…our very own C-3PO! LOL. [DOE] Source… [...]

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    [...] Posted by surfingall on April 27, 2010 We have seen many robots come from NASA during the years which have been sent into space , but none of them looked so much like a human, until now. The new model known as R2 will be the first robot in outer space that will actually help the astronauts with their research. Read more [...]

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    [...] walk, talk, and even sing, but currently, there aren’t many humanoid robots in space, expect the Robonaut 2 that was sent to space station by NASA. Speaking of Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, you’ll be [...]

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    [...] walk, talk, and even sing, but currently, there aren’t many humanoid robots in space, expect the Robonaut 2 that was sent to space station by NASA. Speaking of Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, you’ll be [...]

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    Clark says:

    Looks like ASIMO on a diet..

    two thoughts..
    -I cant imagine how this thing will move around…. Aren’t 4 wheels pointless in zero G?
    -It’s supposed to help lift heavy objects…. In zero G?

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