Creepy or cool? NASA has been working on creating legs for the Robonaut 2, a helper robot currently in service aboard the International Space Station. The agency says the extra appendages are needed to give Robonaut more mobility. With the robot able to move around more easily, the ISS crew will be freed from mundane tasks inside and outside the station.
Robonaut is currently attached to a support post. With legs, the robot will be able to move around more easily and use both hands while grasping with at least one foot.
After 30 hours of straight life and death [in the disabled Mir space station], they got some sleep. Then, as Foale reports, “After about 48 hours we had power on the toilet, I think, which was terribly important, because by that time we were just bursting.”
That’s not a joke. You can’t just go in the corner in a flying electrical system. In a situation where any mortal would have “vented” immediately, three spacemen just held their mortal terror-wee for two days.
#FRC #SVR #Robotics Regional Winners!! I’m SO SO SOO proud of the 1967 Janksters and shoutout to the #CheesyPoofs (254) and #Robonauts (118) for being our alliances 👊💫 We kicked some butt out there! Now that my team shirt is filled with sweat and tears, 💦 its time to go to World Championships in St. Louis. Jankster pride! 😏🙌
Robonaut posted this photo on Facebook while working on the International Space Station August 23, 2012. The robot, a joint project of NASA and General Motors, wrote: “Switch cover has been opened by my dexterous fingers.”
By @iss “”The upgraded Robonaut and I are doing Tai Bo together.” #Swanny
Robonaut 2 (R2) is an anthropomorphic robot on‐board the International Space Station. The primary role is experimental, demonstrating simple but necessary and time‐consuming tasks ranging from velocity air measurements to handrail cleaning. R2 also has a task‐board on which to practice flipping switches and pushing buttons and has been controlled by station crew members through the use of virtual reality gear. Legs were installed last month, each having seven joints and an end effector with vision system allowing the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets. Future upgrades will ready R2 for work outside the space station.
Other robots exist inside the space station. SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites) are designed to look similar to the light saber training droid as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. These CO2 cold gas propelled robots use open‐source platform smart‐phones, ultrasound beacons, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to test autonomous algorithms for docking control and formation flight. SPHERES are currently being used as a platform for a variety of projects including the Zero Robotics competition, where students from 6th‐12th grade program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. There are several external space station robotic arms used for critical operations.
The Space Station Remote Manipulator System, known as Canadarm2, is used to move supplies, equipment, and even spacewalking astronauts. It can grapple and berth visiting vehicles, inch‐worm across station structure, and ride the rails of the mobile transporter. Another robotic arm at the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo Exposed Facility is used for supporting experiments and maintenance tasks. These robots are routinely featured on several social media accounts including: Facebook/ISS, Twitter/Astro_Reid, and Twitter/ISS_Research. NASA PAO