Casual Friday — Robonaut 2: this *is* the droid you're looking for…

Well, so the future of the U.S. manned space program is up in the air right now — one thing’s for sure, though. The future’s going to need a lot more robots. NASA and GM recently released some video on Robonaut 2, the latest fruit of a collaborative effort to create a telerobotic helper for astronauts:

The idea is that Robonaut could remain on the outside of the ISS, while being operated by astronauts remaining inside the station. This would save a lot of setup / cleanup time, as well as reducing the astronauts’ exposure to a variety of hazards outside the station. To give you an idea of how quickly this effort has advanced, here’s a video from a few years back about the original Robonaut:

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