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Robonaut 2, the Next Generation Dexterous Robot
July 16, 2010

JSC2011-E-017945 -- Robonaut 2 poses atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2
JSC2011-E-017945 (February 2011) --- Robonaut 2 poses atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site. The Centaur base builds off of lessons learned through the Space Exploration Vehicle, a rover for astronauts, and could allow the dexterous humanoid robot to help with the future exploration of distant planetary surfaces. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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JSC2011-E-017946 (February 2011) --- Robonaut 2 poses atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site. The Centaur base builds off of lessons learned through the Space Exploration Vehicle, a rover for astronauts, and could allow the dexterous humanoid robot to help with the future exploration of distant planetary surfaces. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration




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JSC2011-E-017947 (February 2011) --- Robonaut 2 poses atop its new wheeled base, Centaur 2, at the Johnson Space Center Planetary Analog Test Site. The Centaur base builds off of lessons learned through the Space Exploration Vehicle, a rover for astronauts, and could allow the dexterous humanoid robot to help with the future exploration of distant planetary surfaces. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration




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JSC2010-E-112717 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA personnel and members of the media are pictured during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




JSC2010-E-112721 -- STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey and Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-112721 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey, STS-133 commander, speaks to members of the media and NASA personnel during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




JSC2010-E-112740 -- Johnson Space Center deputy director Ellen Ochoa and Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-112740 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) deputy director Ellen Ochoa poses for a photo with Robonaut 2 (R2) during media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at JSC. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




JSC2010-E-112821 -- STS-133 Commander Steve Lindsey and Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-112821 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey, STS-133 commander, speaks to members of the media and NASA personnel during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




JSC2010-E-112826 -- Astronaut Michael Barratt and Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-112826 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, STS-133 mission specialist, speaks to members of the media and NASA personnel during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




JSC2010-E-112828 -- Julie Robinson and Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-112828 (4 Aug. 2010) --- Julie Robinson, physical scientist, speaks to members of the media and NASA personnel during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




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JSC2010-E-113079 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) deputy director Ellen Ochoa (right foreground), Milt Heflin (center background), associate director; and Ron Diftler, Robonaut project manager, are pictured during Robonaut 2 (R2) media day in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at JSC. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




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JSC2010-E-113084 (4 Aug. 2010) --- NASA personnel line up to see Robonaut 2 (R2) in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. R2, who will hitch a ride with the STS-133 crew members, is the first humanoid robot to travel to space and the first U.S.-built robot to visit the International Space Station. R2 will stay on the space station indefinitely to allow engineers on the ground to learn more about how humanoid robots fare in microgravity.




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JSC2010-E-110182 (26 July 2010) --- Robonaut 2 -- or R2 for short -- is now tweeting at www.twitter.com/AstroRobonaut. With the help of its team, the robot sent its first tweet on July 26. R2 will be traveling to the International Space Station aboard Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-110183 (26 July 2010) --- Robonaut 2 -- or R2 for short -- is now tweeting at www.twitter.com/AstroRobonaut. With the help of its team, the robot sent its first tweet on July 26. R2 will be traveling to the International Space Station aboard Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-110184 (26 July 2010) --- Robonaut 2 -- or R2 for short -- is now tweeting at www.twitter.com/AstroRobonaut. With the help of its team, the robot sent its first tweet on July 26. R2 will be traveling to the International Space Station aboard Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-089924 (10 June 2010) --- Robonaut 2, a dexterous, humanoid astronaut helper, will fly to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. Although it will initially only participate in operational tests, upgrades could eventually allow the robot to realize its true purpose -- helping spacewalking astronauts with tasks outside the space station.




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JSC2010-E-089928 (10 June 2010) --- Robonaut 2, a dexterous, humanoid astronaut helper, will fly to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. Although it will initially only participate in operational tests, upgrades could eventually allow the robot to realize its true purpose -- helping spacewalking astronauts with tasks outside the space station.




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JSC2010-E-090735 (10 June 2010) --- Robonaut 2, a dexterous, humanoid astronaut helper, will fly to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. Although it will initially only participate in operational tests, upgrades could eventually allow the robot to realize its true purpose -- helping spacewalking astronauts with tasks outside the space station.




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JSC2010-E-090923 (15 March 2010) --- One of Robonaut 2's arms is disassembled to prepare the robot for electronics upgrades. Because R2 was designed as a prototype, some changes were necessary to ready it for life on the International Space Station. R2 is scheduled to launch into space aboard Discovery on the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-090926 (1 June 2010) --- Robonaut 2 salutes. The robot, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station during the STS-133 mission, will be the first dexterous humanoid robot in space.




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JSC2010-E-090927 (1 June 2010) --- Engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center test software upgrades on Robonaut 2. Because R2 was designed as a prototype, some changes were necessary to ready it for life on the International Space Station. R2 is scheduled to launch into space aboard Discovery on the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-090928 (1 June 2010) --- Engineer Court Edmondson and soft goods designer Heather Bibby help Robonaut 2 try on its new flight suit. The materials in R2's "skin" were upgraded in preparation for the robot's journey to the International Space Station due to the station's stringent flammability requirements. R2 is scheduled to launch on board space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-090931 (1 June 2010)--- Robonaut 2 waits inside the electromagnetic interference chamber at Johnson Space Center following tests that ensure the robot's electronic systems won't cause problems for other important systems at the International Space Station. R2 will be journeying to the space station onboard Discovery during the STS-133 mission.




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JSC2010-E-017534 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.




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JSC2009-E-155300 (28 July 2009) --- Robonaut 2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors. It is faster, more dexterous and more technologically advanced than its predecessors and able to use its hands to do work beyond the scope of previously introduced humanoid robots.




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JSC2009-E-155295 (28 July 2009) --- NASA and General Motors have come together to develop the next generation dexterous humanoid robot. The robots – called Robonaut 2 – were designed to use the same tools as humans, which allows them to work safely side-by-side humans on Earth and in space.




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JSC2010-E-017533 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.




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JSC2010-E-017532 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. It is able to lift, not just hold, this 20-pound weight (about four times heavier than what other dexterous robots can handle) both near and away from its body.




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JSC2010-E-017528 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors. Its human-like shape was a product of the fact that it was built to work side-by-side with people, assisting with work that it is difficult or dangerous on Earth and in space.




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JSC2010-E-017530 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors. Its human-like shape was a product of the fact that it was built to work side-by-side with people, assisting with work that it is difficult or dangerous on Earth and in space.




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JSC2010-E-017531 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Robonaut 2 – or R2 for short – is the next generation dexterous robot, developed through a Space Act Agreement by NASA and General Motors. It is faster, more dexterous and more technologically advanced than its predecessors and able to use its hands to do work beyond the scope of previously introduced humanoid robots.




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JSC2010-E-017526 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Chris Ihrke, senior project engineer for General Motors, works with the new dexterous humanoid robot developed by NASA and General Motors at Johnson Space Center.




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JSC2010-E-017525 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Chris Ihrke, senior project engineer for General Motors, works with the new dexterous humanoid robot developed by NASA and General Motors at Johnson Space Center.




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JSC2010-E-017524 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Chris Ihrke, senior project engineer for General Motors, works with the new dexterous humanoid robot developed by NASA and General Motors at Johnson Space Center.




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JSC2010-E-017527 (11 Jan. 2010) --- Chris Ihrke, senior project engineer for General Motors, works with the new dexterous humanoid robot developed by NASA and General Motors at Johnson Space Center.




JSC2010-E-168906 -- Centaur -- a mobile base for Robonaut 2› View high resolution
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JSC2010-E-168906 (1-17 Sept. 2010) --- Centaur -- a mobile base for Robonaut 2 -- is put through its paces in the Arizona desert during the 2010 Desert RATS -- or Research and Technology Studies -- field test. The Robonaut 2 torso could be attached to Centaur to allow the dexterous humanoid robot to explore the surfaces of distant planets in the future.




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JSC2010-E-169805 (1-17 Sept. 2010) ---- Centaur -- a mobile base for Robonaut 2 -- is put through its paces in the Arizona desert during the 2010 Desert RATS -- or Research and Technology Studies -- field test. The Robonaut 2 torso could be attached to Centaur to allow the dexterous humanoid robot to explore the surfaces of distant planets in the future. It's a close cousin to the Space Exploration Vehicle on the left, which would provide a mobile home for astronauts in their own exploration.

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