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Published on Apr 14, 2010
Robonaut 2 ready for International Space Station NASA TO LAUNCH HUMAN-LIKE ROBOT TO JOIN SPACE STATION CREW KSC NASA will launch a humanoid robot later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2 for short, will go where no robot of its kind has gone before. The robot, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement, will launch on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission set for September. Discovery will leave R2 behind to work on the station, giving engineers a chance to see how the robot fares in weightlessness. Operating R2 in microgravity, as well as the stations radiation and electromagnetic interference environment will provide performance data on how a robot may work side-by-side with astronauts.