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Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday 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. The robot was not commanded to move; that will happen next week.
"Robonaut behaved himself," said deputy project manager Nicolaus Radford. "Oh, Robonaut definitely got an 'A.' He won't be held back a grade, if that's what you want to know." "It was just very exciting," he said. "It's been a long time coming to get this thing turned on."
"It's been asleep for about a year, so it kind of has to stretch out a little bit," Radford told The Associated Press. "Just like a crew member has to kind of acclimate themselves to zerogravity, our robot has to do a very similar thing, kind of wiggle itself and learn how it needs to move" in weightlessness.
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.
Originally posted by CherubBaby
I always wondered why and what we were paying for, when it comes to the ISS. Now I know where several trillion taxpayer dollars have gone. Thank you for th thread
Originally posted by whyamIhere
How long will it be before these robots completely end human space flight.
With all the junk floating around up there. How long before it's not deemed safe for man?
Originally posted by Authenticated
I hope it doesn't replace humans traveling in space ever.
Throw one of these R2's in a ship and send them to MARS ASAP!
Originally posted by l_e_cox
There are several reports from several people that the little "grey aliens" that have been interacting with some of us here on earth are actually biological robots.
To keep that biology running requires some sort of consciousness.
Because Robonaut has some flammable parts, NASA wants it stored in its fireproof bag.
A pair of legs currently are being designed and should be launched in 2013.