This Half-Humanoid Robot Is Going to the Moon

This Half-Humanoid Robot Is Going to the Moon


  • half-humanoid robot named Vyommitra.
  • As part of its Chandrayaan-3 mission, ISRO will send an unmanned lander (well, with Vyommitra inside) to the moon after a failed attempt last September.
  • Vyommitra is meant to help ISRO understand how astronauts will one day interact with the equipment inside India’s spacecrafts.

When the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sends its first astronaut into space, it won’t have to worry about building her a spacesuit.

Vyommitra is a half-humanoid robot that ISRO plans to send to space this December during a bid to successfully land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. In September, the space agency tried—and failed—to touch down on the lunar surface when its Vikram lander experienced a braking problem. If Vikram had landed safely, India would have been the fourth country to land on the moon, following Russia, the U.S., and China.

This time around, as part of India’s next space mission, Vyommitra will sit in the Gaganyaan spacecraft, which is equipped to fit up to three humans. The full Gaganyaan agenda, as it stands, is broken into two unmanned missions in December 2020 and July 2021, plus a manned launch in December 2021 or sometime in 2022. Vyommitra will be able to give out warnings if the environment in the cabin changes at all, becoming uncomfortable. That could protect astronauts in the future when India is ready for its manned journey to the moon.

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