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Slideshow: Robots in Space

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Beth Stackpole
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Cast of robot characters
Beth Stackpole   10/2/2012 7:53:24 AM
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Nice slide show, Ann. Certainly depicts the wide range of robots, some humanoid and some mimicking insects and animals, that are an on-going part of the space program. It's interesting that so much of what you see in this slide show that was once only the domain of government-backed space programs is now filtering down into more mainstream applications.

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naperlou   10/2/2012 11:05:54 AM
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Beth and Ann, that is a motley crew.  Actually the NASA robot looks a little like the bounty hunter from Star Wars, doesn't it?  I wonder that the Curiosity rover was not pictured.  It seems to be one of the most complex yet.

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Rob Spiegel   10/2/2012 11:10:41 AM
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Great slideshow, Ann. Loved the fact that most of the robots were not humanoid. Yet another example of the wide range of robotic equipment.

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TJ McDermott   10/2/2012 12:04:20 PM
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Image 7, of the German DLR crawlers, is just plain scary.

By rights, the ESA ATV cargo craft that has flown to the space station 3 times, and the Russian Progress cargo craft that has gone to ISS dozens of times belong in this list.  Both of those vehicle types dock automatically (albeit with a manual control backup mode).

The Japanese ATV and SpaceX vehicles are not as capable; they rendezvous automatically but must be docked using a different robot (CanadArm2).

 

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Ann R. Thryft   10/2/2012 12:29:40 PM
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Lou, did you mean NASA's Robonaut? It does look a lot like the Star Wars bounty hunter. I wonder if that's where the NASA engineers got their inspiration. The Curiosity rover is shown in slide 5.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/2/2012 12:30:04 PM
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Thanks, Rob. As it turns out, there aren't that many humanoid robots destined for space: The DLR's Justin and NASA's Robonaut are the only two I came across.

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Charles Murray   10/2/2012 4:34:17 PM
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I agree, Naperlou. The NASA robot does look like the bounty hunter from Star Wars. When I look at the headline of this article and look at the GM Robonaut photo, I am also reminded of the line, "Danger, Will Robinson."

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btwolfe   10/3/2012 9:26:41 AM
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I used to work on Robonaut, so, yes, Bobafet is the inspiration for the original head, although you'll never get them to admit it because they don't want Lucas breathing down their neck.

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Robots in Space- Just when you weren't afraid to go back!
warren@fourward.com   10/3/2012 9:51:28 AM
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Besides being a "great title for a "B" movie, why can't they build cars and airplanes out of the same stuff they built Voyager?  That little puppy has been gone for 35 years and counting!

Great slide show, although some of them might give me nightmares, like the crawler spidery thingie.

I have always been impressed with how NASA not only keeps up but sets the bar for new things technology.  Too bad they weren't smart enough to go back to the moon and keep the public's interest up, so they could get sufficient funding.  And that is from a guy who thinks the government overreaches its authority doing such things.

My bad...

 

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SparkyWatt   10/3/2012 1:29:38 PM
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As I recall, NASA's moon program was cut short by the government.  There were supposed to be two more Apollo flights than actually happened.  The program was axed by Congress on the grounds that we had proved our point and the money was better spent elsewhere.

Too bad.  The next logical step would have been a permanent outpost on the Moon.  The shuttles near earth capability was originally supposed to be a stepping stone in that direction.

But we never stepped up.

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