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Humanoid Robots Will Soon Join Astronauts in Space


Is it possible to have humanoid robots in space soon? The answer is most definitely yes as confirmed by industry experts at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The launch of humanoid robots joining astronauts in space is part of NASA’s plan for their upcoming missions to Mars and the moon.

At last year’s SXSW event, Shaun Azimi, lead of NASA’s dexterous robotics program, and Jeff Cardenas, CEO of Apptronik, spoke about their collaborative plans to develop humanoid robots to assist astronauts with their missions in space. Hence, we were introduced to Apollo, Apptronik’s latest humanoid robot. Although Apollo was originally a general-use humanoid robot, the pair later on announced that it would be adapting to space missions soon.

While launching humanoid robots in space will be “game changers” for missions, Azimi acknowledges that to get there, innovations from across the country would be needed. Perhaps this is a nudge to the robotic trends in 2024, which are the innovation and invention of more humanoid robots and the call for robotic tech industries to start sharing their developments and models with one another.

As NASA currently prepares for its Artemis mission and to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon by 2028, we can expect that humanoid robots will soon be up there joining them to make working and living conditions easier.

Although there are already robots exploring space, Apollo and this announcement from NASA certainly solidify their permanent presence outside of this world. Having humanoid robots in space would also mean new discoveries and hopefully limitless possibilities in uncovering the universe and cosmos, which may be too dangerous for some astronauts to do due to limitations and danger.

Linda Takahashi

American-born New Yorker Linda Johnson has been fascinated with robotic machines since she was a teenager, when her father, a surgeon, would introduce to her the machines that he used to perform keyhole surgeries. This interest led her to pursue a tech degree at the University of Washington, where she met Sota Takahashi. They married and now have two children. Linda’s father developed dementia later on and was given a robot pet as a companion. She saw how much having a robot pet friend helped her father, which is what led her to create this website and advocate to spread word about robot pets and how they can help both children and the elderly.

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