NASA's Robonaut

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dreada5

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Has anybody seen the latest Robonaut testing on NASA-TV? Awesome!<br /><br />There are getting the Robonaut to climb around on around on the exterior of a mock-up spacecraft surface (via telepresence) and they use an "air bearing" floor so that it simulates the weightless environment.<br /><br />Robonaut could build hardware in space and on the moon for us, never mind work on Hubble!!
 
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najab

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><i>Well except Robonaut does not have any legs so the moon is out for now.</i><p>Perhaps he can 'borrow' some legs from ASIMO - how's that for COTS hardware? <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /></p>
 
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mrmorris

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<font color="yellow">"Well except Robonaut does not have any legs so the moon is out for now."</font><br /><br />No No -- you just have to buy the RoboRover attachment for lunar mobility. There's also the RoboRooter attachment for when he's doing plumbing work, and his pal RoboBurro for assistance in lunar mining projects. <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" />
 
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omegamogo

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Impressive, I didn't know ASIMO was that agile, I just downloaded all the movies, And I'm starting to want one <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" />
 
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mrmorris

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<font color="yellow">"The wheeled tests provided initial proof of concept for planetary Centaurs that merge humanoid robots with rovers. "</font><br /><br />See? I told you the RoboRover attachment would be coming out soon! I can't wait til they finish RoboBurro.
 
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nacnud

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I see that they have only given robonaut a single leg, does that make him robopogo <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <br /><br />*grabs coat and runs*<br /><br /><br /><br />
 
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nacnud

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Oh ok that makes more sense, I assume these are the attachment points for the points that the station arm uses to inch worm around the station. I tried googleing to find out where these attachments are but I couldn't find any apart from on the trolley that moved up and down the truss section. I suppose there must be attachment points on each US and maybe European and Japanese modules. I wonder if the Canada Hand (er Dexter I think) or Robonaut had been on the station when the momentum gyro power controller failed whether it could have fixed the problem and saved a space walk and a lot of time.<br /><br />I hope that who ever is drawing up the plans for the CEV considers putting grappling points on at least the space based elements of those vehicles so a similar arm/hand/robonaut can service those vehicles to.<br />
 
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the_ten

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<font color="yellow">"They are not putting any out there as of now no plans to fly robonaut have been made. one problem is the lack of available cargo space on the Spoace Shuttle."</font><br /><br />I would think the more immediate issue is there not being an available Space Shuttle to put cargo on in the first place. =
 
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davf

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Does McDonald's know about this? If so, a lot of 15 year old kids could find themselves out of work...
 
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the_ten

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<font color="yellow">"??????????? We have 3 vehicles that will be flying again next year. Two vehicles will be ready to fly this coming spring. The problem is that the payloads are manifested and there is no reason to off load ISS hardware to test a robot."</font><br />=====<br />I was under the impression that only one shuttle would be ready, if that. I'll have to quit reading updates when I'm half asleep. Oops!
 
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