Valkyrie – NASA’s Superhero Robot
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[Valkyrie – NASA’s Superhero Robot]
[Nicolaus Radford (Project And Group Lead Dextrous Robotics Lab, NASA JSC:]
Meet Valkyrie, Valkyrie 1. 6’2. 125 kilograms. Superhero Robot
We really wanted to to design the appearances of this robot to be one that was just, when you saw it, you were going to be like: Wow that’s, that’s awesome.
So it’s a 44 degree of freedom robot. Very capable. Very strong. Completely self-contained. We have a 2 kilowatt-hour battery, lots of on-board computing. Got a 7 degree of freedom arm and 6 degree of freedom hand. 3 degree of freedom pelvis. And we have a 6 degree of freedom leg.
When we were designing the robot we – we were thinking about the competition from day one and we wanted a very modular system. Specifically with the arm, we can yank one bolt and one connector and we can take the arm off. It happens in a matter of minutes.
And so we wanted to be able to replace components, major components on the robot in under fifteen minutes. The robot is designed also such that the arms are actually identical, so with just re-configuring a piece on the arm, a right on can suddenly turn into a left arm.
Power is stored in the backpack here. We have a battery. You can pop this panel off. You can do a couple bolts, slide the battery out and slide a new battery in.
So as you can see in the head, we’ve got cameras, both LIDAR and point cloud based camera systems. In the chest we’ve got cameras. We have sonar
in the chest, in the stomach abdomal area.
We have a cameras on our forearms for when we’re grasping, so we can get a good view from there.
Moving on down we have cameras in the knees. We’ve got cameras in the feet. Pretty much when our operators are running the robot, any data, any piece of data, any image that they would want to see from what the robot is seeing is available to our users.
NASA saw considerable overlap in what the DRC was trying to accomplish and NASA’s goals as an agency. We want to get to Mars.
Likely NASA will send robots ahead of the astronauts to the planet. These robots will start preparing the way for the human explorers. When the humans arrive the robots and the humans will work together in conjunction, building habs, laying foundation, and just working together in that tight relationship.
[Nicolaus Radford:] Source: LYBIO.net
So technologies such as Valkyrie are gonna really lead into the type of robotic systems that will one day be the precursor missions before the astronauts to Mars.
Really strong and powerful robot. Superhero robot. Glowing NASA meatball. What more would you want?
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