Sunday, 20 April 2008
Nasa Space Station's Canadian Robot, Dextre
And a video artist to prove it. The robot, named Dextre (pronounced Dexter) by its makers at the Canadian Space Agency, is slated to become the newest part of the crew at the International Space Station. The $200 million robot is expected to take on most of the maintenance jobs required outside of the space station, and thus cutting back on the number dangerous space walks the astronauts must make. Canadian engineers have been working on Dextre for the past 10 years. With a sense of touch, two 11-foot arms and a wing span of 30 feet, Dextre can work with objects as large as a phone booth or as small as a phone book.