NASA Aims to Deploy Humanoid Robots in Space

image1 1 NASA Aims to Deploy Humanoid Robots in Space

As technology progresses, the idea of humanoid robots in space becomes more feasible. 

NASA’s Valkyrie, a humanoid robot designed for damaged or degraded environments like natural disasters, is being tested at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. But one day, the group plans to extend the capabilities of such robots to space missions. 

According to engineers, with the right software, humanoid robots will eventually be able to function similarly to humans and use the same tools and equipment, allowing them to potentially handle risky tasks outside the spacecraft so astronauts can prioritize exploration and discovery.

Shaun Azimi, NASA Dexterous Robotics Team Leader, clarifies that the goal is not to replace human crews but to relieve them of mundane, dangerous tasks. NASA is actively involved in designing humanoid robots called “Robonauts,” with a history in space exploration, including Robonaut2 (R2) sent to the International Space Station in 2011. Collaborating with Apptronik, a Texas-based robotic company, NASA aims to transfer insights gained from space-oriented robots to benefit their terrestrial counterparts.

Apptronik’s creation, Apollo, initially designed for warehouses and factories, is adaptable to various applications. Jeff Cardenas, CEO of Apptronik, sees Apollo progressing from warehouses to retail and delivery, eventually into “unstructured spaces,” which may include outer space.

Amidst the fast evolution of technology, humanoid robots pushing the boundaries of space exploration are not the only innovative advancements on the horizon. Companies like advanced public safety technology provider Knightscope, Inc. (NASDAQ:KSCP) are already deploying advanced autonomous robots into the workforce that help protect the places people live, work, study and visit. 

Knightscope focuses on leveraging cutting-edge technology, including robotics, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics, to enhance the efficiency of security operations. The company’s innovative line of autonomous security robots serves a variety of industries, providing 24/7 monitoring and threat detection capabilities.

Knightscope Secure U.S. Federal Government Approval

On January 3, Knightscope announced that it has received its Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide initiative that offers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Knightscope was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its first application in the federal sector. 

This milestone signifies that Knightscope, Inc. (NASDAQ:KSCP) is on track to be featured on the FedRAMP Marketplace as an approved provider for federal agencies, paving the way for the initiation of deployment processes to fulfill the contract awarded by the VA for its inaugural K5 ASR.

“The multi-year effort to acquire the ATO showcases the relentless nature of the Knightscope team and significantly increases the TAM (Total Addressable Market) that the Company can serve,” said Knightscope Chairman and CEO, William Santana Li. “Now it is time to build on that momentum as we continue to execute our multi-phase Roadmap.” 

Following a string of positive news, including a significant uptick in Q3 2023 revenue, Ascendiant Capital Markets LLC released an updated research report on Knightscope, highlighting the company’s recent wins and its future potential.

Ascendiant noted that “the company’s solid execution and sales wins drove strong [Q3] revenue growth” and expects that strong growth over the next year and AI assets will “drive the stock much higher.”

On November 13, Knightscope announced its fiscal Q3 2023 results ending September, reporting a revenue of $3.3 million, marking a 156% year-over-year increase and surpassing the estimated $3.0 million. 

The full report from Ascendiant Capital Markets analyst Edward Woo can be found here.

For further information on Knightscope’s innovative solutions and projects, please visit Knightscope’s website (NASDAQ:KSCP).

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