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Robot made by GM, NASA will blast into space

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit -- NASA is sending a human-like robot made jointly with General Motors Co. to the International Space Station this fall.

The 300-pound robot, dubbed Robonaut 2, will be used to test the effects of weightlessness as part of a plan to develop a robot that can work alongside astronauts and workers in GM plants.

The goal is to develop a next-generation robot that could improve safety in vehicles, factories and space.

"The use of R2 on the space station is just the beginning of a quickening pace between human and robotic exploration of space," said John Olson, director of NASA's Exploration Systems Integration Office. "The partnership of humans and robots will be critical to opening up the solar system and will allow us to go farther and achieve more than we can probably even imagine today."

The robot will be launched in September on the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission and will become a permanent part of the space station.

Robonaut 2 could replace the current version, built 10 years ago by NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

NASA and GM have collaborated before, most notably on navigation systems for the Apollo missions and developing the Lunar Rover, which was the first vehicle to traverse the moon.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100414/AUTO01/4140399/1148/auto01/Robot-made-by-GM--NASA-will-blast-into-space#ixzz0l5Yyur5e

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The Robonaut 2 [Design 1]

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Interestingly enough, there is already a sneak peek of their next generation of this robot, the Robonaut 2 [Design 2]

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:D

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Good thing it wasn't made by Toyota:

"T-minus 15 seconds"

"10, 9, 8, 7.....oh $h! there it goes!"

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Good thing it wasn't made by Toyota:

"T-minus 15 seconds"

"10, 9, 8, 7.....oh $h! there it goes!"

Because once launched it would just keep going and going.

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The Robonaut 2 [Design 1]

alg_nasa_gm_robot.jpg

Interestingly enough, there is already a sneak peek of their next generation of this robot, the Robonaut 2 [Design 2]

r2d2.jpg

:D

Actually, I found images of the second-generation Robonaut prototype through my secret source. Your source had it all wrong but I admire his wit.

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Actually, I found images of the second-generation Robonaut prototype through my secret source. Your source had it all wrong but I admire his wit.

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I thought that was Cosmonaut 3 [Prototype One]?

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neenerneener.gif Makes Honda's ASS-imo look like a Teddy Ruxbin by comparison.
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GM should give it more of a Robo Cop look. It is Detroit and I think our robot should look tougher than their robot.

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GM 'robonaut' takes aim for space station

R2 unit built with NASA will undergo tests in weightlessness after September launch

Robert Snell / The Detroit News

NASA will blast a humanlike robot, made jointly with General Motors Co., to the International Space Station this fall.

The 300-pound robot, dubbed Robonaut 2, will be used to test the effects of weightlessness as part of a plan to develop a robot that can work alongside astronauts as well as workers in GM plants, the automaker said Wednesday.

The goal is to develop a next-generation robot that could improve safety in vehicles, factories and space.

"The use of R2 on the space station is just the beginning of a quickening pace between human and robotic exploration of space," said John Olson, director of NASA's Exploration Systems Integration Office.

"The partnership of humans and robots will be critical to opening up the solar system and will allow us to go farther and achieve more than we can probably even imagine today."

The robot, which features human-like hands and arms, will be launched in September on the space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission. It will become a permanent part of the space station.

Robonaut 2 could replace the current version, built 10 years ago by NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.

NASA and GM have collaborated before, most notably on navigation systems for the Apollo missions and developing the Lunar Rover, which was the first vehicle to traverse the moon.

There already is a robot -- Dextre -- outside the space station. Dextre has two long arms that perform tasks that otherwise would require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Robonaut 2, however, is strictly an indoor worker. He's not designed to operate outside the space station and cannot withstand extreme space temperatures, GM said.

GM eventually plans to adapt vision, motion and sensor technologies used in Robonaut 2 to advanced vehicle safety systems and manufacturing plants.

"The extreme levels of testing R2 has undergone as it prepares to venture to the International Space Station are on par with the validation our vehicles and components go through on the path to production," Alan Taub, vice president of GM's global research and development, said.

"The work done by GM and NASA engineers also will help us validate manufacturing technologies that will improve the health and safety of our GM team members at our manufacturing plants throughout the world."

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100415/AUTO01/4150359/1148/auto01/GM--robonaut--takes-aim-for-space-station#ixzz0lAnVkmT7

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Makes Honda's ASS-imo look like a Teddy Ruxbin by comparison.

Really? This looks like a cross between a power ranger and an 70's "futuristic" robot. The Asimo looks more friendly and modern. Besides, this robot doesn't have anything on Asimo. Asimo can walk, run, climb stairs, perform real-time obstacle detection, recognize unknown objects based on their attributes (including people). And it didn't require a government agency partnership to make. ;-]

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