Thursday, March 15, 2018

NASA's Valkyrie Robots are the Droids We're Looking For

"The 'Star Wars' robots R2-D2 and BB-8 are the droids that NASA is looking for — 'astromechs" that can help repair spaceships on the fly, a NASA robotics engineer says.

Future NASA robots might resemble humanoid droids such as C-3PO and K-2SO from the waist up, but have giant mechanical spidery legs from the waist down, the engineer added in a new piece for the journal Science Robotics.

For more than 20 years, NASA has sought to develop robot assistants for astronauts. So far, they have developed three droids."

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