NASA Now: Robonaut 2

NASA and partner General Motors are preparing to launch the first humanlike robot into space. Scheduled for launch aboard STS-133 in early November 2010, Robonaut 2 is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The 300-pound Robonaut 2, nicknamed R2, will be the first permanent resident of the International Space Station.

This NASA Now event, available on the NES Virtual campus beginning Oct. 6, 2010, features Josh Mehling, Lead Mechanical Engineer on the Robonaut 2 project at NASA Johnson Space Center. Mehling presents information about the challenges of engineering, designing and building Robonaut 2 and provides the latest information about the robot’s assigned tasks onboard the International Space Station.

For more information about Robonaut 2, visit

Link to the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus home page.

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  1. My students really enjoyed watching and learning about R2 and the possibilities the technology will have in the future of space exploration. I teach 6th grade science and was able to relate the topic to the engineering design process and assistive/adaptive technologies. Furthermore, I used this video as a platform to lead into a study of the future of humans in space & the effects of microgravity has on the human body.

    Love the program’s format!

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