Robonaut 2 is about to go into space. The Space Shuttle Discovery launch that was originally scheduled for today has been delayed until Wednesday at 3:52. Once launched, it will travel to the International Space Station.
Robonaut 2 will do the following while on board the International Space Station:
Robonaut 2 (R2), will be installed in the U.S. Destiny laboratory, providing scientists and engineers on the ground and crews on the station an opportunity to test how humans and human-like robots can work shoulder-to- shoulder in microgravity. Once this has been demonstrated inside the station, software upgrades and lower bodies can be added, potentially allowing R2 to move around inside the station and eventually work outside in the vacuum of space. This will help NASA understand robotic capabilities for future deep space missions.
Update 11/8: Mission has been scrubbed for various reasons until 11/30
Update 2/25/11: Mission sucessful – Robonaut 2 is in space