NASA plans to send humans to Mars, and northeastern University plays a key role in this project. The space Agency announced that northeastern University (Northeastern University) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will jointly develop a prototype humanoid robots that will ensure the successful landing of the ship and the work of astronauts on the red planet.
Participation in this prestigious project was given to the University is not easy — the selection process was extremely tough and included an assignment from the office of advanced research projects of the Ministry of defense (DARPA).
The team of the University for two years received technical support from NASA and funding up to 250,000 $ per year. The result of this collaboration was the robot "Valkyrie" (Valkyrie) that during a presentation at the University for the first time communicated with the audience. Thanks to the installed cameras and sensors, "Valkyrie" oriented in space and can communicate with people.
A team of northeastern University prepares robot to carry out tasks future flight to Mars, including work with the gateway, the descent and ascent the stairs to the surface of Mars, repairing the equipment and collecting samples from the planet's surface. Currently the robot is undergoing evaluation in the NERVE (Center for evaluation and experimentation in the field of robotics), which experts estimate important features such as the visual system, walking upright and moving in a confined space.
NASA said they plan in the future to send robots to Mars or other extreme cosmic conditions to prepare the terrain for the arrival of people and the future joint work with them.