International Space Station Crew Unpacks Robonaut 2

Humanoid robots lab work begins in May

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION After being packed in a special shipping crate aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery for more than six months, Robonaut 2 is finally free and ready to get to work.

International Space Station (ISS) flight engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli opened the crate and began preparing R2 for his assignment in the Destiny laboratory.

R2 is the first dexterous, humanoid robot to be sent into space. After several years of development by engineers and scientists from General Motors and the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, R2 will get its first experience in microgravity.

Because R2 consists only of a torso, head and arms, the robot has been mounted on a pedestal where it will interact with a specially designed task board so that the engineers can calibrate and refine the sensing and control systems. The R2 evaluation program aboard the ISS will begin sometime in May.

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