By Mahesh Vyas 23 January, 2020
Photo via Twitter
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) unveiled the first woman humanoid robot name ‘Vyomamitra’ in Bangalore on Wednesday. ISRO will be sending this humanoid robot in the unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft in December 2021, before orbiting astronauts into the space.
Vyomamitra, a combination of two Sanskrit words Vyoma means (Space) and Mitra means (Friend), makes everyone surprise when she introduced herself to the audience.
“Hello everyone, I am Vyomamitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, been made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission, I can monitor though module parameters, alert you and perform life support operations. I can perform activities like switch panel operations”.
The video of Vyomamitra introducing herself from Twitter.
In the run up to the first Human Space Mission by India at @isro ... 'Vyommitra', the humanoid for #Gaganyaan unveiled. This prototype of humanoid will go as trial before Gaganyaan goes with Astronauts. #ISRO pic.twitter.com/pnzklgSfqu— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) January 22, 2020
Vyomamitra is a half humanoid robot since it does not have legs, though it can bend forward and sideways. The robot was the centre of attraction at the inaugural session of the "Human Spaceflight and Exploration - Present Challenges and Future Trends" in Bangalore on Wednesday.
ISRO chairman K Sivan told reporters the humanoid will simulate human functions in space and also interact with the environment control life support system.
“It will be simulating exactly the human functions there (in space). It will check whether the system is right. This will be very useful to simulate, as if a human is flying.”
ISRO will undertake two unmanned missions in December 2020 and June 2021.