Understanding how space travel affects the human body is the goal of India with its humanoid robot Vyommitra. This feminine-looking robot will travel through space between December 2020 and June 2021.
A female humanoid robot in space
As the Indian daily The Tribune explains in an article published on January 22, 2019, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) presented its robot Vyommitra. It is a rather strange humanoid robot whose purpose will be to perform the same tasks as human astronauts. This female robot will take off in December 2020 and return to Earth in June 2021. There is talk of an unmanned mission as part of the Gaganyaan program which aims to send human astronauts into space in December 2021.
“Hello everybody. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the humanoid, which was manufactured for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission […] I can provide surveillance using the parameters of the module, alert you and carry out maintenance operations. I can do things like control panel operations, ”said Vyommitra at a recent press conference.
Understanding the impact on humans
According to project leaders, Vyommitra can be described as half-humanoid. Indeed, the robot has no legs, but will be able to lean forward and to the sides. The latter will carry out several experiments and will remain in permanent contact with the ISRO command center. The goal is to understand the effects on humans of this type of trip before sending humans there.
India is sometimes talked about in terms of space. In March 2019, the country announced the destruction of a satellite in low Earth orbit by a missile fire. Shortly after, NASA strongly criticized this initiative. Several orbital debris posed a threat to the ISS and the astronauts on board.
In August 2019, ISS astronauts welcomed Skybot F-850, a Russian humanoid robot. The latter remained only a few weeks on board. According to the Russian space agency Roscosmos, it was an initiative as part of a larger project to send robots to the Moon. Let’s also mention NASA, which has distinguished itself in recent years with its Robonaut 2. This is quite simply the very first humanoid robot to be sent into space.
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