NASA's Robonaut 2 Gets a Pair of Gigantic Arachnid Legs

NASA's Robonaut 2 Gets a Pair of Gigantic Arachnid Legs

NASA Robonaut 2 gets some fancy, new legs

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is currently developing a pair of humongous legs for its robotic astronaut.

NASA is apparently attempting to speed up the timetable on humanity's eventual eradication. Today, the agency showed off a pair of newly fabricated legs for the Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot produced by the Dextrous Robotics Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

The legs are primarily designed to increase Robonaut 2's maneuverability in zero gravity, which will allow the humanoid crew to concentrate on more high-priority projects.

"NASA has explored with robots for more than a decade, from the stalwart rovers on Mars to R2 on the station," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington. "Our investment in robotic technology development is helping us to bolster productivity by applying robotics technology and devices to fortify and enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety in space."

Once attached, the Robonaut 2 will have a leg span of nine feet. Each appendage has seven joints, which means that the robotic astronaut's legs have more in common with a monstrous spider than a normal human being. A device on the end of each leg will allow the robot to negotiate the station using handrails and specialized sockets.

The Robonaut 2 has been a crew member on the International Space Station since 2011, and NASA expects its shiny, new legs to be ready for delivery next year.

Source: Press Release

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As long as it doesn't actually get 8 legs and starts feasting on the flesh of the human astronauts, then I'm fine with it.

This is actually really cool. I'd imagine that the sophistication and detail required to have the robot not just miss a step and go careening into space is enormous. I always love reading about space news. It makes me feel all Star Trekkey.

I can't decide whether it's creepier now, or back when it had no legs at all.

bazaalmon:
As long as it doesn't actually get 8 legs and starts feasting on the flesh of the human astronauts, then I'm fine with it.

This is actually really cool. I'd imagine that the sophistication and detail required to have the robot not just miss a step and go careening into space is enormous. I always love reading about space news. It makes me feel all Star Trekkey.

robotic killer space spiders, because ordinary killer robots aren't scary enough.

Always thought it'd be nice to go to space where there are no spiders, guess I need to change that to "no spiders or spiderlike machines"

 

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