NASA's Project M, an awesome concept to use vertical launch systems to send robonauts to the moon, is still moving forward despite Robonaut's one-way trip to the International Space Station. It's now called Project Morpheus, and it's a test bed for autonomous, environmentally friendly vertical launch systems. Watch below as Morpheus fires its new engine for the first time.
After being stuck on Earth for months longer than expected, robot astronaut Robonaut is right at this minute being released from his crate, on board the International Space Station.
"The lids off!" he excitedly Tweets.
He has been crated up and shipped to Kennedy Space Center. At the Space Station Processing Facility there, he is going to be carefully packed into his SLEEPR -- the Structural Launch Enclosure to Effectively Protect Robonaut.
Robonaut-2, NASA's robot astronaut, now has a Twitter account. Indeed, the space-bound humanoid machine is taking questions from humans, tagged #4R2 on Twitter, and will be posting its answers tomorrow morning.
Later this year, NASA's R2 will become the first humanoid robot resident of the International Space Station. The launch of the handsome android, which until now had not been firmly scheduled, has now been fast-tracked to happen this September.