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Robonaut: a robot designed to work with humans in spaceThe Robotics Technology Branch at the NASA Johnson Space Center is developing robotic systems to assist astronauts in space. One such system, Robonaut, is a humanoid robot with the dexterity approaching that of a suited astronaut. Robonaut currently has two dexterous arms and hands, a three degree-of-freedom articulating waist, and a two degree-of-freedom neck used as a camera and sensor platform. In contrast to other space manipulator systems, Robonaut is designed to work within existing corridors and use the same tools as space walking astronauts. Robonaut is envisioned as working with astronauts, both autonomously and by teleoperation, performing a variety of tasks including, routine maintenance, setting up and breaking down worksites, assisting crew members while outside of spacecraft, and serving in a rapid response capacity.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Bluethmann, William
(Inc. Houston, TX 77062, United States)
Ambrose, Robert
Diftler, Myron
Askew, Scott
Huber, Eric
Goza, Michael
Rehnmark, Fredrik
Lovchik, Chris
Magruder, Darby
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Autonomous robots
Volume: 14
Issue: 2-3
ISSN: 0929-5593
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence And Robotics
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