Family Photo (taken by Chris Zamora)
Robonaut 2 is the first project that I worked on as an intern and what got me hooked on working for this group. I was a mechanical designer in training and worked with the forearm/hand subsystem engineers.
Robonaut 2 - (clockwise from bottom left) Units C5, C1, C6, and A
Robonaut 2 checking out the SVMF viewing walkway (aka, the hamster tube).
When I began as a full time employee, I worked on the Valkyrie project as one of the designers of the forearms, hands, and feet.
Valkyrie - (left to right) Unit C, A, and B in MRV
Valkyrie, chillin' in MRV
The purpose of the robots that we build is to assist and enable astronauts to perform either menial or environmentally dangerous tasks. I am personally not sold on the idea of exclusively humanoid robots, but I do see the value in the intuitive control and motion of such systems.
In any case, I am proud to be a part of this family of engineers and robots and look forward to seeing what the next thirteen years has in store for us.
Grandpa Robonaut, front and center.