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    Article "SpaceX Sending Robotic Capsule to Space Station"

    by Miriam Kramer
    April 10, 2014

    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's unmanned Dragon vehicle loaded down with supplies is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 14 2014.
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    Dragon will fly to the station loaded down with 5,000 lbs. of cargo and scientific experiments, according to NASA. The supplies include legs for Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot designed to eventually assist astronauts on the station with their day-to-day tasks.

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    Space Station Live: Robonaut Mobility Upgrades

    Published on Aug 26, 2014

    Space Station Live commentator Dan Huot interviews Dr. Ron Diftler, the principal investigator for Robonaut 2. This interview aired during Space Station Live on August 26, 2014.

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    Robonaut Performs Hose Jacket Inspection

    Published on Aug 27, 2014

    Robonaut 2 (R2) showcases significant advances in robotic manipulation of materials and common tools used aboard the International Space Station. Recent experiments highlighted how a teleoperator can use R2 to manipulate a tether hook, an important safety precaution on spacewalks. Another task displayed Robonaut’s ability to pull back a protective jacket over a hose and search for damage, as well as inspect a quick-disconnect fitting for debris. The work on the ground by NASA engineers and by astronauts aboard the International Space Station continues to build the skill set for an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Robonaut.

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    Robonaut Performs Quick Disconnect Hose Inspection

    Published on Aug 27, 2014

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    Robonaut Performs Taskboard Tethering

    Published on Aug 27, 2014

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    Robonaut: The Next Step In Robotics circa 2000 NASA; Handyman Robot

    Published on Sep 7, 2015

    "Robonaut, a teleoperated manipulator robot currently under development by JSC's Automation, Robotics & Simulation Division. Robonaut can be controlled by a remote operator wearing helmet and glove, and includes a highly dexterous robotic hand with 12 degrees of freedom. It is designed for assisting astronauts with Extravehicular Activity (EVA) tasks such as routine maintenance of International Space Station (ISS), and for Mars exploration."

    NASA film JSC-1882

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    PlayStation VR and NASA Tech Demo to Train Space Robot Operators

    Published on Dec 14, 2015

    While NASA has a long history of sending probes and rovers into space, advancements in robotics has made deployment of human-like robots an increasingly attractive prospect. But it turns out that controlling such humanoid robots remotely is challenging. NASA and Sony have been collaborating to explore how VR might be used to train operators to control robots in space.
    Article "NASA Looks to PlayStation VR to Solve Key Challenge of Space Robot Operation"

    by Ben Lang
    December 14, 2015

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    Robonaut 2 product overview

    Published on Oct 27, 2015

    Robonaut is a humanoid robotic development project conducted at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, in collaboration with General Motors and Oceaneering

    Robonaut differs from other current space-faring robots in that, while most current space robotic systems (such as robotic arms, cranes and exploration rovers) are designed to move large objects, Robonaut's tasks require more dexterity.

    The core idea behind the Robonaut series is to have a humanoid machine work alongside astronauts. Its form factor and dexterity are designed such that Robonaut can use space tools and work in similar environments suited to astronauts.

    There are currently four Robonauts, with others currently in development. This allows us to study various types of mobility, control methods, and task applications.

    The value of a humanoid over other designs is the ability to use the same workspace and tools - not only does this improve efficiency in the types of tools, but also removes the need for specialized robotic connectors. Robonauts are essential to NASA's future as we go beyond low earth orbit and continue to explore the vast wonder that is space.

    Robonaut 2 or R2, launched to the International Space Station on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission, it is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space, and the first US-built robot at the space station. But that was just one small step for a robot and one giant leap for robot-kind.

    Initially R2 will be deployed on a fixed pedestal inside the ISS. Next steps include a leg for climbing through the corridors of the Space Station, upgrades for R2 to go outside into the vacuum of space, and then future lower bodies like legs and wheels to propel the R2 across Lunar and Martian terrain. A four wheeled rover called Centaur 2 is being evaluated at the 2010 Desert Field Test in Arizona as an example of these future lower bodies for R2.

    In the current iteration of Robonaut, Robonaut 2 or R2, NASA and General Motors are working together with assistance from Oceaneering Space Systems engineers to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use inR2 20 pound weight, Robonaut the automotive and aerospace industries.

    Robonaut 2 (R2) is a state of the art highly dexterous anthropomorphic robot. Like its predecessor Robonaut 1 (R1), R2 is capable of handling a wide range of EVA tools and interfaces, but R2 is a significant advancement over its predecessor.

    R2 is capable of speeds more than four times faster than R1, is more compact, is more dexterous, and includes a deeper and wider range of sensing.

    Advanced technology spans the entire R2 system and includes: optimized overlapping dual arm dexterous workspace, series elastic joint technology, extended finger and thumb travel, miniaturized 6-axis load cells, redundant force sensing, ultra-high speed joint controllers, extreme neck travel, and high resolution camera and IR systems. The dexterity of R2 allows it to use the same tools that astronauts currently use and removes the need for specialized tools just for robots.

    One advantage of a humanoid design is that Robonaut can take over simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks on places such as the International Space Station. Because R2 is approaching human dexterity, tasks such as changing out an air filter can be performed without modifications to the existing design.

    Thanks Guys, I hope you enjoyed the overview of the Robonaut 2, from Dextrous Robotics Laboratory.

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    Referee Robonaut: football signals

    Published on Jan 31, 2017

    Can you guess the football signals Robonaut is doing? He's designed to perform complex tasks and use the same tools astronauts use.

    Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Our challenge is to build machines that can help humans work and explore in space. Working side by side with humans, or going where the risks are too great for people, Robonauts will expand our ability for construction and discovery. Central to that effort is a capability we call dexterous manipulation, embodied by an ability to use one's hand to do work, and our challenge has been to build machines with dexterity that exceeds that of a suited astronaut.

    Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), in collaboration with General Motors and Oceaneering, have designed a state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot: Robonaut 2 (R2). R2 is made up of multiple component technologies and systems -- vision systems, image recognition systems, sensor integrations, tendon hands, control algorithms, and much more. R2's nearly 50 patented and patent-pending technologies have the potential to be game-changers in multiple industries, including logistics and distribution, medical and industrial robotics, and beyond.

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