Robonaut is a joint DARPA–NASA project designed to create a humanoid robot which can function as an equivalent to humans during extra-vehicular activity (space walks). There are multiple versions of this robot using various locomotion methods. Some versions of the robot use the Segway HT for locomotion [] . Robonaut uses telepresence and various levels of robotic autonomy. While not all human range of motion and sensitivity has been duplicated, the robot's hand has fourteen degrees of freedom and uses touch sensors at the tips of its fingers.

Its likeness to "Star Wars" bounty hunter Boba Fett has been noted by some. This is due to the fact that both Robonaut's and Boba Fett's designers were inspired by the appearance of the Roman centurion helmet.

Robonaut was created by the likes of Philip Strawser, Kris Verdeyen, Bill Bluethmann, and Robert O. Ambrose, employees of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Robonaut has participated in NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies field trials in the Arizona desert.

In 2007, Robonaut has been featured in such documentary films as "" and "Mars Rising".

With a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from NASA, the company Sensics, LLC of Baltimore, MD has further developed the visual interface of the Robonaut. (See NASA's "Spinoff" publication or the [ Sensics web site.)]

External links

* [ Robonaut home page]

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