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GM and NASA: First human-like robot goes in space

NASA and General Motors have been working on a human-like robot, and will be the first of its kind to go into space. The robot named Robonaut 2, or R2 will become a permanent resident of the International Space Station and will work alongside humans. These robots will also work at GM manufacturing plants back on terra firma.

These R2 units weigh 300-pound and consists of a torso, head, two arms and hands. The robot will be launched into space in September on space shuttle Discovery — not sure if they have permission from George Lucas to call it an R2 unit?

Engineers will then pay close attention to how well the robot performs in weightlessness and will join Dextre — another robot already onboard the space station. That robot however does all the work on the outside of the station.

The idea of robots performing tasks in space alongside humans is happening at a fast past, and also makes it much safer for future missions into space. The Robonaut will be able to work much like a human does, thanks to its human-like arms and hands. The robot can use all the same tools as humans do, so will be able to perform some of the tasks considered too dangerous for humans.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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