Economic Times: NASA preparing humanoid robots for future deep space missions
Economic Times - 01/25/2016
That is why the agency is developing a six-feet tall humanoid robot called R5, previously known as Valkyrie. The machine weighs about 131 kilogrammes.
It was initially designed to complete disaster-relief manoeuvres. In November last year, NASA awarded two R5 robots to university groups – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Northeastern University in Boston.
According to NASA, the teams have two years to perform research and software development in order to improve the robot’s autonomy. They also have access to onsite and virtual technical support from the agency.