India’s space agency ISRO will be sending a humanoid robot into space prior to sending its first crewed mission in 2021.
ISRO modeled it after a woman (with no legs) and named it after a Sanskrit word Vyommitra (Vyom=space and Mita= friend).
In a media interaction, Vyommitra explained media about her capabilities such as operating switch panels, communicating with astronauts and monitoring of spacecraft’s environmental and life support systems.
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See: Vyommitra speaking to media about his capabilities
In the run up to the first Human Space Mission by India at @isro … ‘Vyommitra’, the humanoid for #Gaganyaan unveiled. This prototype of humanoid will go as trial before Gaganyaan goes with Astronauts. #ISRO pic.twitter.com/pnzklgSfqu
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) January 22, 2020
Prior to sending its astronauts on Gaganyaan spacecraft, ISRO will first send Vyommitra and understand the impact of space flight on human body.
“It will be simulating exactly the human functions there [in space]. It will check whether the system is right. This will be very useful to simulate, as if a human is flying,” ISRO chairman K Sivan told the media after an event to present the robot.
Earlier this year, NASA launched its robot Astrobee that flew on its own from the International Space Station.