NASA's Robonaut 2 on ISS to get its legs
A robotic humanoid astronaut on the International Space Station is about to get its legs.
NASA has crafted a pair of space legs for Robonaut 2, its robotic astronaut torso on the space station now.
The legs will fly to space aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule, set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, Fox News reported.
Once installed, the legs will give Robonaut 2 — which is currently attached to a support post on the orbiting outpost — an extended leg span of nine feet, according to NASA.
The legs are expected to allow Robonaut 2 (R2 for short) the flexibility to move about the station.
Eventually, NASA officials hope that R2 will be able to perform repetitive tasks inside and outside the space laboratory, allowing astronauts to focus on more complex work.
(Posted on 14-04-2014)