NASA is hard at work looking for ways to use robotics to make life here on Earth safer for humans, while also developing technology that will also help in space.
NASA’s Valkyrie, a humanoid robot, was developed for degraded or damaged environments.
The 6 foot 2 inch, 300 pound Valkyrie, tested at the Johnson Space Center, aims to aid in disaster-stricken areas.
Primarily designed for Earth’s challenging conditions, Valkyrie’s adaptability suggests potential for future space missions.
NASA has partnered with companies around the world looking to utilize NASA’s engineering muscle to create the robotics needed in the industry, especially for dangerous tasks.
The humanoid figure resembles humans, fostering capabilities to mimic human functions with specialized software.
Eventually, NASA envisions Valkyrie handling hazardous tasks in space, freeing astronauts for exploration while ensuring safety.
Shaun Azimi, NASA Dexterous Robotics Team Leader, emphasizes the role of the robot saying, “We’re not trying to replace human crews, we’re really just trying to take the dull, dirty, and dangerous work off their plates to allow them to focus on those higher-level activities.”
In another such partnership with Texas-based robotics company Apptronik, NASA explores adapting terrestrial humanoid robots for space missions.
Apptronik’s Apollo, designed for warehouse logistics, hints at broader space-oriented applications.
The partnership focuses on understanding terrestrial humanoid robot benefits for future space endeavors. Apollo’s developmental trajectory aims to offer practical applications in industries by 2025.
These advancements signify a promising future for humanoid robots like Valkyrie and Apollo, bridging the gap between Earth-based functionalities and potential space missions, promising new dimensions in robotics.