NASA is building a “humanoid” robot to help astronauts in space
Measuring 1.88 meters tall and weighing 136 kilograms, NASA's robot, called Valkyrie, will be able to operate in space to assist astronauts in the near future.See the video above).
Robot in space May perform tasks considered risky, such as cleaning solar panels or inspecting faulty equipment outside the spacecraftThis allows astronauts to prioritize exploration and discoveries.
Engineers believe that robots belong to this category They may eventually function similarly to humans and use the same tools and equipment.
“We're not trying to replace human crews, we're just trying to take the boring, dirty, dangerous work off their hands to allow them to focus on higher-level activities,” said Sean Azimi, leader of NASA's intelligent robotics team.
valkyrie, Named after a female character from Norse mythology, It is being tested at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, United States.
Android too They can be used to work in degraded or damaged environmentsSuch as areas that have been exposed to natural disasters, according to NASA.
To better understand how Earth robots can help humans create space models, NASA is collaborating with robotics companies such as Uptronic, based in Austin, Texas.
Apptronik is developing Apollo, a robot to perform ground tasks that include working in warehouses and factories, transporting packages, and stacking pallets. The company is expected to provide the models to other companies in early 2025.
“Robots like Apollo are designed with modularity in mind to be able to adapt to many applications,” Azimi said.
He adds: “And this is what NASA is really trying to get to, to figure out the main challenges, where we need to invest in the future to move the Earth system to a space environment.”
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