Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

Summary: The space shuttle Discovery rocketed into Earth's orbit Thursday with a different kind of passenger that isn't human.

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  • The space shuttle Discovery rocketed into Earth's orbit Thursday with a different kind of passenger that isn't human. It's a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2 or R2 for short and will be carried by Discovery astronauts to the International Space Station where it will reside in a container, likely for several months, until it is unpacked and assembled for testing. Here's more from NASA about R2.

    Probably the biggest difference between R2 and the astronauts is that R2 only has a one-way ticket.

    Photo credits: NASA

  • These aren't ray guns but tools that R2 expects to be using in space. One of the robot's principle tasks will be to assist astronauts during their space walks.

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  • The next generation of robots

    Is R2 a cylon?
    -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdJFCdQGGI0
    :-)
    HW815
    • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

      @HW815 : No, he R2D2's older brother. He lost his feet on a battle with an imperial cruiser (a long time ago in a galaxy far away) and just two years ago he did paperwork for the TARP.
      cosuna
  • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

    I'm sorry, Dave, but I cannot do that.
    William_P
  • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

    So what happens when they get to version D, Rev 2 ???
    mikelandon
    • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

      @mikelandon That will be a female, and they will need privacy.
      Dave Ladely
  • Awesome

    actually, in the video game: Mass Effect, they have designed simliar prototypes to help in the aid of space missions and hostile environments. almost look identical to the r2's except these were more complex, and had better skin versions, although thats just a simple game, and this is reality, and i must say, coming closer to look like what i expected to see, great job and keep it going NASA.
    hackerdemon2000@...
  • Did they programm the 3 robotics laws?

    Those looks remarcably like what I imagine for Asimov's robots, without legs.
    Kualinar
  • Name

    When it's on Centaur 2, do they refer to it as R2C2? I wonder what it'll be called when it's on the next Discovery? No... I can't think...
    Naryan
  • AI or just a type of Avatar?

    do these things have their own internal AI? Or are they just a way for our Boys on earth to work on the Space station from home. if they do use some form of AI id like to know more about it.
    Pein418
    • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

      @Pein418

      I think its remote control, but don't quote me.
      kroguej@...
  • Did R2 edit this "article"?

    "pedistal"? "the robot's principle task"?
    austegard
  • RE: Gallery: Space shuttle Discovery's non-human passenger

    I'm sorry Dave. You did not use a spellchecker. Please leave by outer door #2.
    gbcooper@...
  • Just great

    At least when the shuttle blows up again, and it will, there will be no loss of human life.
    james347