Fact Box: “Kirobo” : World’s first talking robot-astronaut ready to take off

“Kirobo” : World’s first talking robot-astronaut ready to take off

Japanese have developed the world’s first robot-astronaut that can communicate with humans. It will be launched to International Space Station (ISS) from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center atop H-IIB rocket on August 4, 2013.

Kibo Robo Project:

  • Named after kibo (hope in Japanese) and “robot”.
  • The project is collaboration b/w advertising and PR company Dentsu; the Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology; the University of Tokyo; Robo Garage; and Toyota Motor.
  • It is one of two humanoid verbal-communication robots built by the Kibo Robot Project
  • It is smaller than most robots that go into space as it doesn’t need to perform any physical activity.
  • It is about 34 cm tall and weighs about 1 kg.

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