Lowell, MA - R5
Meet Valkyrie, NASA’s Space Robot
Monica Young Meet Valkyrie: Although that ultimate goal is still a long ways off, Valkyrie, a prototype developed by NASA's Johnson Space Center, will take her first Martian-specific test next month, as 20 teams guide a simulated version of the robot through a set of scenarios. Winners may take home a hefty prize: A Tour At first sight, Valkyrie looks not unlike Iron Man, the glowing circle on her chest marking her status blue when motors are engaged, for example.
On each three-fingered hand, 38 sensors help maintain dexterity. While NASA initially developed Valkyrie or, as she was initially called, R5for disaster relief, in the agency changed course to reconfigure her for deep space.
Meet Valkyrie, NASA’s Space Robot - Sky & Telescope
As one of a class of "caretaker" robots, Valkyrie might help set up living compounds on Mars, maintaining power and life support systems until the humans arrive. Space Robotics Challenge To that end, Valkyrie and the humans developing her are now facing space-based trials, such as the the Space Robotics Challenge that takes place in June. In the not too distant future, R5 has arrived on Mars along with supplies ahead of a human mission.
Overnight a dust storm damaged the habitat and solar array, and caused the primary communication antenna to become misaligned. R5 must now repair an air leak in the habitat, deploy a new solar panel, and align the communication antenna.
So basically, Valkyrie will replay the plot of The Martianminus the part about growing potatoes. Valkyrie navigates a doorframe. I knew it wasn't going to be good. I was VERY wrong!! Danica had flipped on the radio and heard R5 was "taking over" our local "cool" station Danica was freaking out and crying.
Danica Loves R5
I couldn't figure out why. She ten begins to tell me "I am so proud of them. They have worked so hard to be heard on the radio!Cali Girls R5 Lowell Massachusetts 9/28/14
I thought, "I've done something right if she has the human compassion for someone else's success. At this moment, the three of us in the living room all looked at each other and realized "They're here!!!!!!!!!
Tour degli R5
At the radio station in One City Center Portland!!! My mom instinct was.
We're going to Portland!!! Plus we still had to get Danica's brother convinced this was going to benefit his 11 year old self in some remote way!
Here we were all in the car heading 30 minutes down the highway to Portland and then probably 30 minutes in traffic in the city, all to get to One City Center to try and get a glimpse of R5 coming out of the building. I was to drive, they were to be on the look out for the R5 tour bus!!
There was that moment when Danica yelled "Mom, they just mentioned pizza! We started talking about all the pizza places we knew that they could possibly be going to.
I was about to stalk their meal however, two fan girling girls in the back seat were not going to let me get away with not sitting outside Bill's Pizza!! Another R5 song comes on the radio and more screaming and literally tears from Danica.
Then it got quiet. I didn't hear a peep for a good two minutes. I had just hit the Gray toll plaza and I looked in the mirror to see the girls whispering.
They are playing in Pittsburgh tonight.