14December2017

One Small Step for a Robot in Space

KIROBO’S JOURNEY SO FAR

Kirobo was first unveiled at a press conference in Tokyo in June.

It was created by Tomotaka Takahashi in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota.

During the conference, project manager, Yorichika Nishijima said: ‘Russia was the first to go outer space, the U.S. was the first to go to the moon, we want Japan to be the first to send a robot-astronaut to space that can communicate with humans.’

Kirobo was launched into space on board the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on 4 August.

It spent six days in orbit before crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a robotic arm to remove it from the launch capsule.

A robot astronaut called Kirobo, pictured, has made world history by becoming the first robot ever to speak in space. It said: 'On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step towards a brighter future for all. Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world's first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you'

A robot astronaut called Kirobo, pictured, has made world history by becoming the first robot ever to speak in space. It said: ‘On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step towards a brighter future for all. Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world’s first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you’

 

The 13-inch tall Japanese robot, designed by Toyota, has been on board the International Space Station since 10 August and made the historical broadcast to its Earth counterpart Mirata via video link

The 13-inch tall Japanese robot, designed by Toyota, has been on board the International Space Station since 10 August and made the historical broadcast to its Earth counterpart Mirata via video link

 

Kirobo will keep records of conversations with Wakata as well as be used on missions to relay messages from the control room to the commander

Kirobo will keep records of conversations with Wakata as well as be used on missions to relay messages from the control room to the commander

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