The smart, mechanical arm is made by a Japanese robotics startup, Gitai, which specializes in space robotics. The company says that the S1 has eight degrees of freedom, which is one more than a human arm. Take that, meatbags.
Gitai also lists the reach and power of the S1 at 1 meter (3.3 feet) and 100 Nm at 23.8 revolutions per minute. I don’t know how the force compares to that of a human, but if I’m reading NASA’s human instruction manual right, which lists a max torque of 17.4 Nm for humans, then, yeah, the S1 can open a lot more pickle jars.
Not that it’s a surprise, but it’s still cool. Especially considering that Gitai says the S1 is meant for lunar base development, among other space-y things. And it’s nice to see actual useful missions, unlike the joy rides billionaires have lately been enjoying aboard their rockets. Jalopnik
Comment: The embedded video is well worth watching. pl
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