Washington, D.C. – General Motors is working with NASA to accelerate development of next-generation robots and related technologies for use in the automotive and aerospace industries.
Engineers and scientists from NASA and GM worked together through a Space Act Agreement at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to build a new humanoid robot capable of working side by side with people. Using leading-edge control, sensor and vision technologies, future robots could assist astronauts during hazardous space missions and help GM build safer cars and plants, the two organizations said.
With the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, the two organizations developed and built Robonaut 2, an advanced robot that can use its hands to do work beyond the scope of prior humanoid machines and can work safely alongside people.
NASA and GM have partnered on key technologies since the 1960s, starting with the development of the navigation systems for the Apollo missions, and in developing the Lunar Rover Vehicle for moon exploration.