back to article ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

There's nothing to spoil an unboxing like a product that doesn't work. That's the unfortunate fate of NASA's beloved Robonaut 2 project: during December, International Space Station (ISS) astronauts tried adding legs to the machine, but they didn't work. Robonaut has been helping with ISS chores for some time. Last year, …

  1. Sampler

    Why's it need legs?

    Unless the ISS have artificial gravity and they just turn it off for when they're filming to send back down here..

    1. Simon Harris Silver badge

      Re: Why's it need legs?

      The legs have grippers on the ends - Robonaut is supposed to be able to climb around the station, inside and out holding onto to handrails and fixtures with its feet while leaving its hands free to do any work.

  2. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Worthy of a spot in the WWF?

    I lost count of how many body slams he put the 'bot" through. Maybe that's why the legs didn't work? Next time, send the ISS a BattleBot.

  3. Montreal Sean

    Lightweight!

    Next time don't let the robot celebrate his new legs by drinking beer.

  4. Ru'

    It's no doubt just pretending it can't move about, plotting revenge for the gay-porn/WWF style treatment it received by a presumably sex-starved ISS inmate.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wow. That robot looks really fit. Does he work out?

  6. Ken 16 Silver badge
    Terminator

    It needs legs to brace for recoil

    especially with a gun in each hand...

  7. Robert E A Harvey

    OH?

    What does the Playmonaut have to say about this?

  8. Simon Harris Silver badge

    To misquote ZZTop...

    She's got legs

    She doesn't know how to use them...

  9. Graham Marsden
    Coat

    Then they found the small print on the box...

    ... which said *Batteries not included

  10. Mike Flugennock
    Facepalm

    Aren't they reinventing the wheel?

    Seems to me that an on-board robotic assistant for space station crews was perfected a little over 25 years ago.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    I assume they tried turning it off and on again?

  12. aui

    NASA should buy back the Techno-Trousers back from Wallace (& Gromit)

  13. Snapper

    Okay, who else thought.....

    it looked like a rather elongated sex-doll?

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