Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Droids You're Looking For


Click the arrow to watch the demonstration on YouTube. Video source: SpaceKSC.com.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is hosting a Robot Rocket Rally this weekend.

The star of the show is Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot being trained to perform tasks on the International Space Station.

R2's head and torso are already on the ISS. Its legs are aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule now scheduled to launch from the Cape's Pad 40 on March 30.

Above is a video of the R2 demonstration yesterday at KSCVC. I apologize for the poor audio; the presenter didn't use a microphone and there was a lot of ambient noise. It gets better when he stands close to the camcorder.

You'll also see a demonstration of the X-1 Exoskeleton, which is a spinoff of Robonaut technology.

The Robot Rocket Rally ends today, so if you're local it's worth the trip to see R2, the X-1 and robotic technologies developed by many other private sector vendors. The R2 demonstrations are at 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM, although R2's masters are available all day for questions.

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