As Picard would put it, space is indeed the final threshold we must cross in order to prevail as a race. While advances in the field of physics and propulsion systems take us a step closer to actual space travel, something that happen recent puts the spotlight again on our desire to reach for the stars. NASA plans on sending robots into space.
It may not be under the sun, considering the fact that the prestigious space agency has use robots in space missions for a long time now. But something is slightly different. Instead on working on robotic arms or rovers, capable of scouring through hostile terrain, NASA wants something more sophisticated.
Hence, officials from NASA have stepped out of the shadows to give a breathtaking statement. It would seem the space agency acquire two humanoid robots and are planning on retrofitting them with shiny new upgrades in order to help out on space missions.
Codename Valkyrie or R5 for research purposes, the robot bears a striking resemblance to a legendary comic book hero. The two robots are approximately 6 feet tall and weight around 290 pounds. NASA plans of shipping the two Valkyrie units to a couple of prestigious research centers, specialized in robotics.
So, in the next couple of day, the scientists from MIT and the Northeastern University in Boston, will have some new toys to play with. Setting the joke aside, the two prestigious University are engaged in some serious research. Slapping them with a research grant of 250000 dollar, which will be paid over a period of two years, MIT and Boston must tinker with the robots in order to prepare them for any number of space missions.
NASA plans on sending robots in space to ultimately replace human crews. No, this is not a Skynet conspiracy, if you are asking. But the facts speak for themselves. Robots are more reliable and sturdy when it comes to working in 0G gravity and are not affected by other spatial anomalies such as radiation. Even the lack of air is not an issue for this human looking droids.
The boys out there in space can use them on all sorts of critical missions such as maintenance, explorations and certain scientifical experiments.
NASA has tasked Professor Russ Tedrake to oversee this experiment involving the two Valkyrie robots. We all know about Tedrake’s notoriety. Professor Tedrake is involved in Toyota’s research endeavor and was tasked in coming up with new algorithms for driverless vehicles. The autonomous vehicles make use of this algorithms when it comes to anticipating potential obstacles on their cruise.