Kirobo is based on the Robi robot kit
Kirobo will remain aboard the ISS until December 2014
Toyota developed the voice recognition software for the robot
Kirobo undergoing zero-G safety tests
Kirobo will travel to the ISS on August 4
In what may not be the most historic event in space exploration, but may be the cutest, Toyota has announced that the Kibo Robot Project’s “robot astronaut” Kirobo will be sent to the International Space Station on August 4. Unlike its human counterparts, the 13.4-in (34 cm) tall humanoid robot will travel aboard an unmanned Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft launched from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center atop a H-IIB rocket. Once at the ISS, Kirobo is scheduled to conduct the first-ever robot-human conversation experiments in December.
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