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Robonaut 2 Gets Packed Up for Trip to ISS

Aug 16 2010, 10:07am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Robonaut 2 Gets Packed Up for Trip to ISS
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R2 set to blast off

I mentioned a while back that Robonaut 2, the robot designed by NASA and GM, was set to go to the ISS this fall and would be Tweeting the trip. In preparation for the launch of the space shuttle and R2, NASA staff has been working on the best way to pack R2 up for the trip.

Since the shuttle lacks the slot that perfectly fits a droid like an X-Wing, NASA had to resort to a custom-made box with a foam lining. R2's legs were removed at the waist and it was attached to a stand and then shoved into the foam box.

Being NASA the box got its own acronym as well being dubbed Sleepr or Structural Launch Enclosure to Effectively Protect Robonaut. The box was designed for the astronauts to be able to easily open and assemble R2 while on the ISS.

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