Posts Tagged 'moon'

Yeeeeaaahh… We’re back baby!

America. Sending androids to the goddamn moon.

That's right, "robonaut"

Check it.

Quick thoughts:

Seems like a potentially good balance of private and federal space programs.

I get the inspire-the-kiddies idea, but do we really need to make them look so shamelessly futuristic? I mean, the unnecessary fact that they’re humanoid kind of irks me(despite being totally awesome), but can we at least paint them bright red or something? What do you think? Is proliferating the accepted future aesthetic more legitimate if it’s done to impress the youth at large?

Details:

The proposition is simple: land an operational humanoid robot on the moon in 1000 days. The humanoid will travel to the moon on a small lander fueled by green propellants, liquid methane and liquid oxygen. It will preform a precision, autonomous landing, avoiding any hazzards or obstacles on the surface. Upon landing the robot will deploy and walk on the surface performing a multitude of tasks  focused on demonstrating engineering tasks such as maintanence and construction; performing science of opportunity (i.e. using existing sensors on the robot or small science instruments); and simple student experiments

The mission is also about inspiration, streamlining agency practices and processes and using unconventional partnerships, and building a better workforce and demonstrating technologies to enable the continuation of exploration beyond low earth orbit.

This last part is my favorite.

This mission will change perceptions and attitudes about what can be done, what should be done, and what is possible.

Whoa.

See previous coverage of the “Robonaut“.


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