Japan is ready to send its first talking robot named Kirobo into space. This little robot astronaut Kirobo will be sent to the International Space Station via an unmanned spacecraft ‘Kounotori 4’ from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegahsima Space Center on 4th of August, 2013. The tiniest robot will help space commander Kouichi Wakata because it has the ability to communicate with humans and can manage in zero gravity environments.
Derived from the Japanese word ‘Kibo’ means ‘Hope’, the humanoid astronaut robot weighs about 1kg and only 34 centimetres tall. Kirobo has been developed jointly by the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Toyota Motor, Robo Garage and the PR Company, Dentsu Inc.
The Japanese team has also developed an identical robot named ‘Mirata’ as the backup with almost the same technology and functionality. Watch the videos below to meet Kirobo robot and its twin Mirata.
Hope robot project notice video
Kirobo Robot Floats In Zero Gravity