Mars exploration dreams get closer as NASA tests HUMANOID ROBOTS to explore the Red Planet

Days after the US President released details on the space agency’s new budget, developments of the robots with “highly-level” capabilities emerged.

NASA has developed four six-foot robots named Valkyrie to build the necessities for humans before their arrival on the Red Planet.

The robots, costing around £1.6 million ($2 million) each, will also be able to help the colonization of Mars by assisting astronauts with tasks in space.

A spokesperson for NASA’s tests in the summer said: “In the not too distant future, R5 [the robot] will arrive on Mars along with supplies ahead of a human mission.

The University of Edinburgh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University in America were institutions chosen to refine the robots NASA developed.

Researchers were required to test how the robots operate in hostile environments and extend their capabilities.

 

A PhD student at Northeastern University told TechCrunch that their developments have enabled the robots to “autonomously make decisions, move around and accomplish tasks”.

Trump vowed to “unlock the mysteries of space” in his inauguration speech and called on NASA to focus on space exploration not climate change during the election campaign.

Last month, the Trump administration ordered NASA to research whether it is possible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018.

Trump recently set out £15.4billion ($19.1 billion) for Nasa research to get to Mars. Although it is slightly smaller than Obama’s last year, it is still a substantial amount of funding for the space agency.

NASA’s goal is to send humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s – a goal authorised in 2010.

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, predicted that a base camp will be built around Mars by 2028.

The company added: “Mars. It’s humanity’s next giant leap. And we’re closer than we’ve ever been.”

Source:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/781026/Trump-Mars-exploration-dreams-NASA-humanoid-robots-Edinburgh

 

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