Russians Build Human-Like Super-Robot For Remote-Controlled Spacewalks


TN Note: Robots will find applications in outer space or other inhospitable environments to humans. Furthermore, this has sparked a technological arms race for dominance. For instance, NASA scientists are already intending to use robots to build human-occupied stations on Mars and on the Moon. This advanced military/space research will undoubtedly be used in commercial applications down here on earth.
A remotely-operated robot reproducing the minutest particulars of a human doing complicated work will be taken into space to do dangerous jobs in orbit. An operational prototype has been demonstrated to the Russian government’s military sci-tech curator.

Military robots under development in Russia won’t be limited to the battlefield only: space applications will have priority, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters last weekend.

“We’ve launched work to create an avatar that will become a crewmember of the Russian national orbital station,” Rogozin said.

The robot will be able to do spacewalk without armor and do different jobs while its operator remains safely inside the station.

One is a human-like ‘torso’ with two arms, meant to perform precise handling of objects in copycat, supervisory-controlled and autonomous modes. The platform is remotely-controlled by an operator wearing a control suit scanning the fine motor skills of his/her neck, shoulder area, wrists and fingers. These are replicated in the robot.

 This prototype can already ‘perform’ tricks such as driving a vehicle or welding. In the future it will have enough intelligence and computing capability to do these jobs autonomously. Engineers have dubbed the avatar robot ‘Fyodor’.

Fyodor is much less limited than a human being. It can operate in dangerous environments, has extra-human power and needs no sleep, and therefore has extended operational capabilities.

“It has no ‘human factor’: it never gets distracted, never gets ill, has no emotions and always focuses on the task,” head of the Savior robotic program Sergey Khurs told Vesti media outlet.

Another prototype is an anthropomorphic platform needed to develop human-like mobile equilibrium, kinetics and complex coordination of manipulators. This prototype is simultaneously operated by an operator and programs and can automatically restore vertical position when it falls.

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