NASA R2 Human like Robot to be in Space

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Robotics engineering or Robots is always an interesting topic to look on. Well Nasa is going to launch a Robot called R2 this september to send it to the space which helps the astronauts in various things. When i go indepth into how Robots are generated its very interesting. Robots are nothing new to the ancient history too.

Many ancient mythologies include artificial people, such as the mechanical servants built by the Greek god Hephaestus (Vulcan to the Romans), the clay golems of Jewish legend and clay giants of Norse legend, and Galatea, the mythical statue of Pygmalion that came to life. In Greek drama, Deus Ex Machina was contrived as a dramatic device that usually involved lowering a deity by wires into the play to solve a seemingly impossible problem
In the 4th century BC, the Greek mathematician Archytas of Tarentum postulated a mechanical steam-operated bird he called "The Pigeon".
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) sketched plans for a humanoid robot around 1495.Jacques de
Vaucanson exhibited several life-sized automatons: a flute player, a pipe player and a duck.

Guys i was just digging through the history like when did this concept called a Robot came into picture. In the current world i feel japanese are the stronger in building these Robots with advanced technologies.

The first truly modern robot, digitally operated and programmable, was invented by George Devol in 1954 and was ultimately called the Unimate. Devol sold the first Unimate to General Motors in 1960, and it was installed in 1961 in a plant in Trenton, New Jersey to lift hot pieces of metal from a die casting machine and stack them.

I have seen some science fiction movies which talks about Andriods and Cyborgs. well androids (artificial men/women) or gynoids (artificial women), and cyborgs (also "bionic men/women", or humans with significant mechanical enhancements), these are some of the robotic Characters.

Well coming to our New Robot R2 which is Robonaut 2 is a human like robot . It has been developed by NASA and the GM and it has been announced that that R2 will be traveling to the Space Station in September.

Unlike his predecessor this model is more flexible and designed to help out the astronauts with lifting heavy objects. Although R2 resembles like a human with two arms he moves with set of 4 wheels which makes him perfect for exploring planet surfaces. Many robots were sent into space before but none of them looked like a human more that this one. How much this model will actually help the astronauts remains to be seen, because his movement isn’t tested in a zero gravity space. Anyway, I guess that we will have to wait until September to see how R2 and the space crew work together in a space station..

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