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Oct. 18, 2011
HOUSTON — Robonaut 2 (R2), the legless humanoid developed by NASA and General Motors, has moved for the first time since its launch to the International Space Station in February aboard the STS-133 mission, the space agency reported Oct. 14.
The arm motions a day earlier were made in response to commands from NASA’s Mission Control and payload control facilities here and in Huntsville, Ala.
The muscular-looking, two-armed robot, positioned in the U.S. Destiny laboratory module, was awakened electronically for the first time on Aug. 22. Plans for first motion on Sept. 1 were postponed when ground-based engineers observed a need for further adjustments to the robot’s force sensors (Aerospace DAILY, Sept. 2). “We have his arm stretched out,” noted NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, who was floating next to R2, in a televised replay of the Oct. 13 activities. “He’s kind of like a patient undergoing physical therapy, going through a range of motions.”
The only difficulty noted was a slight binding of the fabric that forms the sleeves on R2’s outstretched left and right arms. “This is a big step,” Fossum told the flight control team. “It’s an exciting day for the R2 team.”