Saturday, July 11, 2009

Meet Lemur IIa, The Autonomous Space Handyman Robot

Swiss Army Knife for Space Vehicles: Astronauts can add tools to the limbs of the Lemur IIa robot Thomas Slager


Versatile robots will rule the heavens, or at least ensure that they run efficiently.

Lemur IIa is a robot designed to autonomously inspect and maintain in-orbit space equipment such as the Orion crew exploration vehicle. Shown below on a model space telescope, the Lemur IIa was envisioned as an orbital Swiss Army knife. Each limb has four degrees of freedom and a "quick connect” feature, allowing astronauts to swap in different repair tools as needed.

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