Robonaut Is Ready for Launch

What is Robonaut?

> A Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Our challenge is to build machines that can help humans work and explore in space. Working side by side with humans, or going where the risks are too great for people, Robonauts will expand our ability for construction and discovery. Central to that effort is a capability we call dexterous manipulation, embodied by an ability to use one’s hand to do work, and our challenge has been to build machines with dexterity that exceeds that of a suited astronaut.

Here’s a photo of the Robonaut team with the shuttle launch clock:

Just under two hours left on the mission clock. Discovery is still on seehdule to launch at 4:50pm ET.

Our latest story on AviationWeek.com: Discovery’s Fueling Underway

Photo Credits: Heather Goss

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