NASA’s Robonaut 2, a humanoid astronaut assistant ,is primed and ready for launch aboard space shuttle Discovery in February on the STS-133 mission as the first humanoid robot to travel to the International Space Station and work in space. He’s flying up head first; R2’s legs will follow on a later launch.
„The robot’s legs aren’t ready yet,“ said Rob Ambrose of NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. „We’re still testing them. But there will be plenty for R2 to do while waiting for its lower extremities.“
R2 primary task will be to help the astronauts with extravehicular activity (EVAs). „For its first training sessions, R2 will be placed on a fixed pedestal for lessons on a task board. The board has switches, knobs, and connectors like the ones astronauts operate, and the crew will mock up chores for