Robonaut 2 used to be half a robot but on Monday NASA has released images of the robot with it’s new legs. The legs are not for walking since Robonaut2 is designed to be in a weightless environment. I just have to say that the legs are funky and he should hit the dance floor.
NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crew member Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics.
The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series of tasks to demonstrate its functionality in microgravity.
These new legs, funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research.