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NASA and GM Introduce a New Space Robot

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NASA and GM have teamed up to work on the next generation robonaut. That is, a robot-astronaut.

NASA and GM this week revealed that the engineers and scientists from the two companies have been working together at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to build a humanoid capable of working side by side with people. The original robonaut was built 10 years ago and with today's technology and a little help from GM engineers, R2 is said to be vastly superior to R1 (though specifics are thin on the ground).

Utilizing bleeding edge control, sensor and vision technologies, the idea is that R2 will be able to assist real, flesh and blood cosmonauts with the more dangerous space missions.

If only this had been around in 1998, Bruce Willis could have been saved!!

NASA and GM's Robonaut

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    c0r3f1ght3r , February 5, 2010 4:23 PM
    lol it won't be economic!
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 4:58 PM
    did I miss something? when did GM become a leader in robotics?
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    Shadow703793 , February 5, 2010 5:02 PM
    sean_gm_huhdid I miss something? when did GM become a leader in robotics?

    Yup. You'd think they'd pick up Toyota as a partner over GM.
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    Tomtompiper , February 5, 2010 5:06 PM
    It will be great to look at and fast in a straight line, but will only do 12 mpg and will fall apart in two years.
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    mrmotion , February 5, 2010 5:12 PM
    sean_gm_huhdid I miss something? when did GM become a leader in robotics?


    I dont know but this sets up an epic battle between Honda's robot and GM's! Itll be like Voltron all over again!
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    sliem , February 5, 2010 5:13 PM
    Wait for R1000 and they will become self-aware. Thanks, Cybernet (aka: NASA-GM).
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    nekatreven , February 5, 2010 5:35 PM
    Quote:
    If only this had been around in 1998, Bruce Willis could have been saved!!


    Nice.
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    nekatreven , February 5, 2010 5:43 PM
    Shadow703793Yup. You'd think they'd pick up Toyota as a partner over GM.


    I think not. In light of Toyota's recent issues with products that don't stop and go when they are supposed to I don't really think they would have been any better.

    They aren't magically better... That honeymoon is over: if you use cheap parts your shit will break, regardless of whether you are a Japanese or American company (and of course, both do it). However the last thing you could accuse NASA of being is cheap. They spend millions on space pens, Russians take pencils. :)  So I don't think the engineering partner really matters.
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    amarok , February 5, 2010 5:57 PM
    looks like a slightly more clever & agile version of Al Gore..
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    drip50291 , February 5, 2010 5:59 PM
    4:35: "Wtf r we supposed to do here again.. O yea stick your E3 rod in my box"
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    socrates047 , February 5, 2010 5:59 PM
    why is the head golden? lol
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    drip50291 , February 5, 2010 6:00 PM
    4:39 "These idiots put my damn bicep in the middle of my arm!"
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    drip50291 , February 5, 2010 6:03 PM
    homrqtwait... R2? Will there be a version D2?

    Yea thats the bottom half they haven't made yet. "D2" would mean he's Asian tho. (for teh idiots "D.ick 2. inches")
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    wayneepalmer , February 5, 2010 6:31 PM
    Two thoughts...

    1) Given its made by GM , how long it will be until someone modifies its software to convince it to demand union representation?

    2) NASA's James Hansen will be delighted ... since they've made worker that doesn't produce CO2 there's no need to keep most of humanity alive to provide services for the elites.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 6:35 PM
    Looks more like C3PO.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2010 6:37 PM
    Looks more like C3PO.
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    tamick88 , February 5, 2010 7:09 PM
    "R2? R2-D2 it is you! It is you!!!" Sorry couldn't help myself lol
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    njkid3 , February 5, 2010 8:19 PM
    they made the rover. thats where the partnership began
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    njkid3 , February 5, 2010 8:24 PM
    at 4:38 "come with me with you want to live"
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    Dkz , February 5, 2010 8:27 PM
    haha look it's so colorful i wonder if that thing is gonna do anything by it's own programming or it's gonna need all those geeks operating it?!?
    Anyway they still got time, they didnt even ended its legs! it would look nice if they gave it the same that R2D2 has.
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