The Robonaut 2 robot is a human-like (anthropomorphic) robot that is taking robotic technology to the next level, as it is faster and more dexterous and technologically advanced than previous models on the market.
Robonaut 2 works alongside astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The robot performs tasks that previously were done by human space explorers. The goal of this inflight testing is to determine which tasks are best suited to be performed by robots in order to increase the productivity of astronaut crews.
Many systems and situations that require servicing in harsh environments, such as satellites in space and offshore oil and gas platforms, were never designed to be serviced by another machine.
However, an anthropomorphic robot mimics human physiology and uses tools designed for humans to perform safe and complex operations in dangerous environments.
These state-of-the-art robots are able to use robotic hands to perform work beyond the scope of previous-generation humanoid robots.
Oceaneering is playing a key role in the development of this technology for use in the aerospace, undersea, military and automotive industries.