Robot on International Space System to receive legs with successful connection with the Dragon spacecraft

By Rebekah Penner ,

Robonaut will no longer have to function with just a torso. The first humanoid living in space on the International Space System, Robonaut, received legs.

The legs were apart of the cargo aboard a SpaceX spacecraft that was launched Friday and reached the International Space System Sunday morning, reported The Space Reporter.

Previously functioning as just a torso on a pedestal, Robonaut will now be able to move around more easily in the space station. It is intended that the addition of the legs will allow the robot to complete more tasks due to its greater mobility.

Robonaut is now approximately 8 ft tall with the addition of the legs that have seven joints in each leg. As opposed to feet, however, the legs have grippers with a camera, light, and sensor for building three-dimensional maps.

Robonaut’s legs did not come cheap. The legs cost about $6 million to develop with an additional $8 million to build and verify for flight. Previously the head and torso of Robonaut cost $2.5 million, however, it is unknown how much it cost to develop or test.

As previously reported the legs arrived on the Dragon that attached to the Falcon 9 rocket that was launched Friday.

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