Thursday, March 29, 2012

Live Video Chat: One Giant Charge for a Robot

The NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project presents a live video chat with NASA robotics engineer Sandeep Yayathi. Sandeep Yayathi works on Robonaut, a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. On April 4, 2012, Yayathi will answer student questions about his work with Robonaut, his career path and what the future holds for robotics. Robonaut 2, or R2, launched to the International Space Station on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission. It is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space and the first U.S.-built robot at the space station.

Yayathi is developing a new power system including a battery backpack to allow Robonaut 2 to move about freely without having to be plugged into the space station’s power grid. Eventually, the new power system will allow an upgraded version of the robot to work outside the station.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about NES, visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/robonaut-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the video chat, contact NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.