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Climbing Legs for Robonaut 2 Headed to International Space Station - We've built and are sending a set of high-tech legs up to the space station for Robonaut 2 (R2), the station's robotic crew member. The new legs are scheduled to launch on the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo flight to the ISS, scheduled to launch Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

These new legs will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research. Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of nine feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the foot, called an "end effector," which allows the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station. A vision system for the end effectors also will be used to verify and eventually automate each limb's approach and grasp.

Image Credit: NASA

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Just don't call it "Hal."
 
Wow Its amazing how far we have come, great to hear about, very interesting Thank you +NASA
 
Why NASA is building Ultron!? Keep it on the comic books! lol
 
بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم. سنريهم أياتنا بالأفق وفي أنفسهم حتى يتبين اهم أننا الحق
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WHOOT! !!!
 
Are you the one who lost the competition?
 
Hopefully the ignition switch won't be under recall.
 
His name is Arnold. Maybe. :)
 
no cabe duda que cada vez se siente mas potencia con cada avance que se tiene en el campo del conocimiento del espacial
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Looks like a cost effective replacement for astronauts. Longer cheaper space exploration. 
 
Does it work on the ground?
 
Cool, but should be able to play ball by now, the robots like 4 years old or something right? What is a space robot if he can't play catch at all?
 
I'm a big fan of NASA and this looks pritty interesting 
 
Will they ever resent the work we give them?
 
i love space and nasa
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