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Android Astronauts

NASA's Robonaut 2 is Assisting Operations in Space

— August 25, 2011 — Tech
After months of planned applications and press buzz, the Robonaut 2 has been ferried to the International Space Station, unboxed and powered on. Retreading the steps taken by its forbears, the automaton astronaut has taken a leap forward for all android-kind!

Colloquially called R2, in reference to perhaps the world's most famous robot, the helper droid has been tweeting about his new job, updating followers on tests and experiments conducted on the ISS. Just the other day, Robonaut 2 complained that "space shuttles have brought up real, fresh ice cream for ISS crews before -- but none for me."

Plans are in the works to upgrade Robonaut 2 and include space-worthy legs, so that the android may help onboard maintenance by plugging up holes or investigating the hull's condition.
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Astronauts - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced robotic technology capable of performing complex tasks in space, assisting astronauts in maintenance and exploration missions.
2. Space Robotics - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Pioneer the development of robots specifically designed for space applications, revolutionizing the way tasks are performed and improving efficiency in extraterrestrial environments.
3. Autonomous Space Exploration - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create autonomous robots capable of exploring and analyzing space environments, expanding our understanding of the universe and potentially uncovering new discoveries.
Industry Implications
1. Space Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Innovate in the field of space technology to develop advanced systems and tools that enhance space exploration capabilities and enable the integration of robotics in space missions.
2. Robotics - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Advance robotic technologies for space applications, enabling robots to perform complex and delicate tasks in extreme environments.
3. Aerospace Engineering - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Redefine aerospace engineering by designing and integrating robotics into spacecrafts, resulting in more efficient and versatile exploration vehicles.
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