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News from NASA today, and the robotic astronaut (Robonaut2 or R2) was finally switched on for the first time aboard the International Space station. The test dubbed a “Power soak” saw all the systems come online but stopped short of moving R2.

R2 was flown aboard the final mission of Discovery (STS-135) in February and is aimed to be a helper for the astronauts, including housekeeping duties and eventually for helping them during spacewalks (EVA) After the swtich-on the twitter for R2 remarked that “those electrons feel good.” A set of legs are being assembled ready to fly out for further testing.

In it is current configuration, Robonaut 2 has a head, torso, arms and super-dexterous hands, but it does not have legs or feet. Instead, it is attached using an anchor-like pole to hold it in place.  It is about 3 feet, 4 inches (1.01 meters) tall and weighs about 330 pounds (150 kilograms).

For more information:

Robonauts twitter feed

Official NASA page






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