10.15.2005

 

NASA robots

NASA concocting robots for space flights

From the article: "Then there's Spidernaut, a 600-pound mechanical arachnid that will crawl around on the outside of space craft to fix things. Although it weighs considerably more than a person, its eight-leg design distributes the weight in manner that makes the robot's footfalls less potentially damaging to the skin of a spacecraft than those of a two-legged human."

Comments:
How ironic: humanoid robots to assist humans in space! The US government will waste huge sums of money to build a manned Mars mission ($80 billion) -- all that life support equipment. I envision, when it launches in 2020, it will be manned by highly robust and intelligent humanoid robots! Instead, they could have invested all that money in an armada of robotic spacecrafts to investigate every squire kilometer of our solar system and home planet! And fund several robotic interstellar missions?
 
"they could have invested all that money in an armada of robotic spacecrafts to investigate every squire kilometer of our solar system and home planet!"

Humans aren't the reason we are limited in space.

I'll give you the single reason, in a single number: $50,000.

That's the cost of getting a kilogram in to space.

All major research at nasa should be in alternative, cheaper to-orbit methods. The space elevator is an excellent target.
 
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