NASA’s “Robot Astronaut” In U.K. For Trials


Valkyrie robot feature imageThe Valkyrie “R5” Robot. (Image Credit: PAO PHOTOGRAPHERS- BILL STAFFORD, JAMES BLAIR, REGAN GEESEMAN )

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor
Edinburgh, UK– The NASA humanoid robotic astronaut, “Valkyrie,” is being perfected to eventually explore the surface of Mars, and has begun the next phase of its mobility and sensory testing at the Edinburgh Center for Robotics (ECR). To further its ability to navigate and move within variable environments, ERC is working to enhance its abilities to consistently achieve natural human movement. Valkyrie’s arrival at ERC is a major step forward in the human exploration of Mars, and potentially the ability to remotely navigate and manipulate disaster zones on Earth. It is NASA’s goal to make Valkyrie its first fully capable “robot astronaut.” With such an ambition Valkyrie requires special trials only ERC experts can provide.

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