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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life


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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

 

Space agency thinks with its Johnson, builds Iron (wo)Man for Mars colony

 

By Iain Thomson, 11th December 2013
 

Video NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) has revealed its entry into the $2m DARPA Robotics Challenge, which will start later this month. The result is a robot dubbed Valkyrie that's designed to look like a sexy superhero.

 

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'My eyes are up here, thank you'

 

The 1.9-metre tall, 125kg droid has interchangeable arms that can be swapped out by removing a single bolt and connector, and three fingers and a thumb on each hand that exceed a human's in strength. It also has an impressive cleavage, thanks to the linear actuators that allow it to swivel, and a glowing NASA icon that looks straight out of Iron Man.

 

The bipedal robot is built to operate under human control and uses head-mounted stereoscopic cameras and laser range-finding equipment to help its operators find where it's going. A sonar system is also built into the torso, and the robot carries its own hot-swappable two kilowatt-hour battery backpack that's good for 60 minutes of operation.

 

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'Sarah Connor?'

 

Val, as the robot is known to its builders, will compete for a $2m cash prize from the US military's research and development laboratory in its Robotics Challenge: the goal is to create a robot that can operate in environments built for humans, and conduct search and rescue missions where we fleshy mortals can't safely go. (More...)

 

Read much more on this at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/11/nasa_unveils_valkyrie_the_shapely_robot_that_could_save_your_life/

 

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The 1.9-metre tall, 125kg droid

Huh ? That's 6'3", 275lbs. How can it be that [relatively] light ? With a two kilowatt-hour battery backpack ? No way. Must be 1250Kg (2750lbs) ; now that's more like it lol.

 

Edit. Seems like it's true. That'll teach me...

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