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HUNTSVILLE, USA: Astronauts on board the International Space Station will have a new roommate in September 2010 - and it's not human.
It's a humanoid. Space shuttle Discovery will deliver Robonaut 2 - "R2" for short - to the ISS, where it will become the first humanoid robot to travel and work in space.
Developed jointly by NASA and General Motors, R2 looks a bit like C-3PO of Star Wars fame but lacks the chatty robot's gift of gab.
Originally posted by OrphenFire
This robot seems to be a very promising endeavor in the field of robotics. I can't wait to have these guys marketed to the public as servants, maids, assistants, and even secretaries.
"Our robot can 'see,' and it takes only 2 to 6 seconds for the video to get to us, so we can observe in near real time.
(For comparison, the one-way video travel time from Mars is typically more than 10 minutes.)
If we see R2 doing something that isn't working, we can immediately tell it, 'Stop that. Try this instead.'"