Robonaut 2 Meets Astronaut

The countdown to the historic day when the history's first humanoid robot will fly into outer space continues, with the final touches to what is to be the last mission of space shuttle Discovery being made by NASA engineers.

At its end, Robonaut 2, the humanoid robot which will finally make history, after several delayed missions, is currently receiving the final tweaks which would turn it into a reliable member of the crew. A crew which the robot met this week.

NASA's STS 133 mission is scheduled to launch on February 24 and, according to Mike Moses, mission management team chair, everything is ready to go.

"Everything is on track and going beautifully with the countdown. We're really looking forward to a very action-packed, successful mission and everything is on track."

So, what is so important about this robot that we keep telling you about? Robonaut 2, if it manages to pass all the tests successfully, will become a robot of monumental importance. Just like Laika, who became the first ever living creature to fly into outer space (against its will), or like Yuri Gagarin, the first human to do the same (willingly, this time), Robonaut 2 will become a road opener for the robot world.

If successful, the tests the robot will be subjected to will spawn a new breed of robots which could be more effectively used in extravehicular activities (EVA), replacing both the need for the astronauts to leave the space station or space craft and the necessity to use bulky, clumsy and slow robotized arms.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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