NASA's Valkyrie robot has been in development for a long time, but now it's time for the final testing stages and the robot could be actually deployed soon.
Initially, the robot will only help on the ground, for example in areas affected by natural disasters. However, the point is that Valkyrie will also go into space eventually.
“We don't want to replace the human crew, just take over the boring, dirty, dangerous work so they can focus on higher-level tasks,” NASA's Sean Azimi said. Reuters. Think about cleaning solar panels or inspecting faulty equipment on the outside of a spaceship or base.
The Valkyrie is 188cm tall, weighs 136kg, and can run for an hour on a single battery charge or connected via cable. The robot can be controlled from a distance.
Valkyrie was created in 2013 for the DARPA robotics competition, but there is still a lot of work before the robot can actually be used. Last July, Australia investigated whether the robot could perform its tasks across the globe.
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