Another of our string of Nextfest interviews was with the awesome team from NASA. They had an impressive display and a top notch group that were more than accommodating to...

One advantage of Robonaut is safety. The robot can do most things a person can do. This means in dangerous situations the robot can leave the vehicle instead of an astronaut. Another interesting fact that came up in our discussion was rapid deployment issues. The astronaut I spoke to said there is a two hour breathing exercise that has to be performed prior to suiting up for work outside the spacecraft. The breathing exercise must be done to avoid problems with nitrogen in the astronauts blood stream. In an emergency, two hours is a very long time. The Robonaut obviously doesn't need this preparation and can be set to work immediately.

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