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NASA and GM Introduce a New Space Robot

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!!

  • c0r3f1ght3r
    lol it won't be economic!
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  • did I miss something? when did GM become a leader in robotics?
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  • Shadow703793
    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
    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
    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
    Wait for R1000 and they will become self-aware. Thanks, Cybernet (aka: NASA-GM).
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  • nekatreven
    If only this had been around in 1998, Bruce Willis could have been saved!!

    Nice.
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  • nekatreven
    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
    looks like a slightly more clever & agile version of Al Gore..
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  • drip50291
    4:35: "Wtf r we supposed to do here again.. O yea stick your E3 rod in my box"
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