India’s space agency will fly a half-humanoid robot to prepare for its first human spaceflight missions

TechCrunch | 1/23/2020 | Staff
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to begin its human spaceflight program, which aims to carry its first astronauts starting in 2022. In advance of that milestone, however, the agency will be launching its ‘Gaganyaan’ crewed orbital spacecraft later this year if all goes to plan – and while it won’t carry any human passengers, it will have one robotic crew member on board.

‘Vyommitra’ (via Time of India) is the name ISRO has given to its “half-humanoid” robotic astronaut, which will be on board the Gaganyaan when it takes its first flight in December. The robot has a range of functions and features, including being able to operate switch panels to control the capsule, and it can operate as a “companion,” with the ability to “converse with the astronauts, recognize them and respond to their queries,” as the robot put it in its own words at...
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