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Old March 24 2011, 02:35 AM   #16
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Re: NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

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What happened to the robot that was going to be sent up to ISS as a repair bot outside?
I think it's called Robonaut 2. You might find a thread about it in the science and technology forum.
Funny. It already says the Robonaut 2 is only supposed to be used on the interior of the ISS. The Repair robot that I am referring to is supposed to be mounted on the girder system and use The or a version of The Canadian robotic arm. I didn't recall NASA putting this robot up on the ISS so it seemed a little strange for them to spend the money to put another robot on the interior of the station.

I just realized I've been posting to a thread from 2010 shouldn't this have been closed?
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Old March 24 2011, 06:37 AM   #17
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Re: NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

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It already says the Robonaut 2 is only supposed to be used on the interior of the ISS.
Only to begin with.
The Repair robot that I am referring to is supposed to be mounted on the girder system and use The or a version of The Canadian robotic arm.
I think your referring to a pair of fine manipulators that were/are useable at the end of the main arm and would also be able to travel along the truss system. Not sure if that ever got implemented, but it does bring up the question of when do you start referring to something as a "robot".
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Old March 29 2011, 08:42 PM   #18
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Re: NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

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What happened to the robot that was going to be sent up to ISS as a repair bot outside?
I think it's called Robonaut 2. You might find a thread about it in the science and technology forum.
Funny. It already says the Robonaut 2 is only supposed to be used on the interior of the ISS. The Repair robot that I am referring to is supposed to be mounted on the girder system and use The or a version of The Canadian robotic arm.
Perhaps you were thinking of Dextre? (Although, come to think of it, I've also seen the Robonaut depicted as being mounted on the end of the Canadarm, as here.)
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Old March 29 2011, 09:03 PM   #19
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Re: NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

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What begins? We have been sending "robotic" probes out for years.
The Robonaut was created by man.
It evolved.
It rebelled.
There are many copies.
And it has a patent.

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I'm thinking the term "robot" exaggerates the capabilities of many of these systems, especially the first two types.
The first two would definitely be considered "robots" IMO, especially since there's a certain amount of overlap in functionality in, say, commercial airliners where the aircraft can actually fly and even LAND itself without human intervention but otherwise can only move as the pilot tells it to. Later generations of Canadarm-style manipulators will probably be able to perform some simple operations automatically--like, say, unstowing equipment from cargo modules and so on--but will have a manual override for unscripted tasks. Teleoperated lunar probes are ALREADY being designed this way.

As for the third category, until you get something that can operate fully autonomously, you're really just talking about a very well-programmed robot. A machine that you can give a set of goals and let it decide how and when to accomplish those goals would be classified as an A.I. or possibly a "drone," in that they require almost no human intervention and can (reasonably) reliably complete their missions.
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