NASA’s Valkyrie Robot Being Developed at Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Published by , May 9, 2016 4:18 am

(ScienceExplorer) Valkyrie, a robot which will be used in a future NASA mission to explore the surface of  Mars is being developed at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. “The big challenge will be getting Valkyrie to interact with people. The dream is to have something that can be a co-worker for astronauts on space missions, for example,” said Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, Director of the Centre.
Valkyrie is designed to work more readily alongside people that could accompany the robot in future missions. For example, there would be no need for specialized ramps onboard spacecrafts to accommodate robot wheels. Valkyrie will walk like a human. “We want systems that work in environments built for humans,” said Prof Vijayakumar. “Also, small wheels sometimes get stuck and big wheels are not very manoeuvrable. It’s not by accident that humans were designed to be bipedal.”

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