The six-foot-tall, 300-pound-heavy robots are created to be a robust, rugged, entirely electric humanoid robot capable of operating in degraded or damaged human-engineered environments, according to NASA.
Each Valkyrie robot comes with a hefty price tag of $2 million dollars each, and are new and improved versions of the earlier JSC humanoid robots, such as the Robonaut 2.
NASA reportedly produced three other R5 models.
In 2015 Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scotland's University of Edinburgh were all chosen in open competition and assigned the task of challenging and refining the robotic technology in the hope of creating a future robot capable of withstanding the Martian planet.
"They've done all of the hardware and we're developing these high-level capabilities so Valkyrie does more than just move limbs", Northeastern PhD student, Murphy Wonsick told Tech Crunch.
NASA's Robonauts are being put to the test in Mars-like obstacle courses in order to pave the way for future humanoid space exploration and help bridge the expansive gap between Earth and human colonization of the red planet. This involves three objectives: "aligning a communications dish, repairing a solar array, and fixing a habitat leak".
"There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet", Fröjdman wrote. "But when they come back, the national program hopefully will not be to just to visit Mars, not just to keep it occupied, but to settle Mars", the 80-year-old space explorer said.
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