Space Robo-Chimp! An Actual Thing, Not a Syfy Movie


Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon. It’s good to be a robot ape, walking on the moon.

A German research center has determined that for unmanned lunar missions, the optimum robot shape would be that of a chimp, which can walk on both two legs and all fours. So they went and made one, with a fully articulated spine. It can carry some weight, and choose based on terrain whether, as George Orwell put it, four legs good, two legs better in any given situation.

So I’m not entirely clear why their next models are going to be a mantis and a scorpion, except maybe that someone in Germany is basing space travel science on their personal collection of Zoids.

h/t Gallen_Dugall