VIDEO from and General Motors - Global: R2 Robot Prepares for Trip to International Space Station

Oct 28, 2010, 14:18 ET from from ,General Motors - Global

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Robonaut 2, better known as R2, is packed and ready to blast into outer space next week aboard the space shuttle Discovery for his first real work assignment at the International Space Station (ISS). R2 is the product of an advanced robotics partnership between NASA and General Motors that began in 2007. Engineers and scientists from NASA and GM worked together at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to build the advanced humanoid robot. Featuring advanced control, sensor and vision technologies, R2 was designed to assist astronauts as they work aboard the ISS. The launch is scheduled for Nov. 1.

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