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DLR’s Justin Could Fix Satellites Someday

The DLR’s humanoid dexterous humanoid robot platform, Justin, is being taught to work in space.  Normally Justin gets around on a wheeled base, but this version will be attached directly to a satellite.  Eventually, they’d like Justin to work fully autonomously to replace parts or refuel, but for now they are considering more realistic control methods.  Telepresence with haptic feedback is the preferred method; it would allow a human to “step inside” the robot’s head and limbs, effectively taking control.  With a stereoscopic view of the robot’s surrounding, the human will even be able to see depth.  I’d love to give it a go myself!

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[source: IEEE Spectrum] via [IEEE Spectrum @ YouTube]

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