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NASA Picks Two Universities for Robotics R&D; Steve Jurczyk Comments

Steve Jurczyk
Steve Jurczyk

NASA has selected the Northeastern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct study on humanoid robots under a two-year, $500,000 research and development project.

The MIT team led by Russ Tedrake will host NASA’s R5 robot system for a research on space environment autonomy, NASA said Tuesday.

Northeastern will work to test the R5 robot and evaluate NASA’s space robotics challenge, led by Taskin Padir.

“Advances in robotics, including human-robotic collaboration, are critical to developing the capabilities required for our journey to Mars,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s space technology mission directorate.

“We are excited to engage these university research groups to help NASA with this next big step in robotics technology development.”

Both university teams will gain access to NASA technical support and receive funds from STMD’s Game Changing Development Program.

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