Space Station Robonaut Powered Up

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Robonaut, the humanoid robot delivered to the International Space Station in February, is finally getting to work — and tweeting about the experience.

So far, the droid’s commentary is pretty dry — “My power cable is plugged in and my status LEDs on my power backpack are on,” Robonaut tweeted this morning.

“Around 56 minutes left in my power soak test,” it added an hour later.

But Robonaut is responding to questions and even sent birthday greetings to one of its 35,000 followers.

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Once the testing period is over, the robot is expected to tackle some routine maintenance chores as a demonstration of how large robots and humans can safely and productively work together.

The project is jointly sponsored by NASA and General Motors. Robonaut’s tweets are courtesy of NASA’s Joe Bibby, a multimedia specialist at the Johnson Space Center. Robonaut also has its own webpage.

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Image: Former space station commander Scott Kelly with his android crewmate. Credit NASA