A new robot developed by General Motors and NASA for the International Space Station uses the same tools and performs many of the same tasks as human astronauts. Although the robot is far from cylindrical, it is named R2, short for Robonaut 2.
The 300-pound R2 won't be taking any steps of its own, as it consists of a torso, arms, and head--no legs. GM joined in the project to develop technology for next-generation assembly-line robots.
R2 will be heading for the ISS this September, catching a ride on the space shuttle Discovery. It will work inside, in the … Read more