Based in Houston, Texas, NASA is testing Valkyrie, a large humanoid robot measuring 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds. Valkyrie is designed to aid in disaster-affected zones and possibly contribute to future space missions. With a head, torso, two arms, and two legs, experts believe these robots, with proper guidance, can perform tasks similar to those of humans using comparable tools.

Shaun Azimi, from NASA’s Robotics Team, mentioned these robots could handle risky tasks in space, such as cleaning solar panels or repairing spacecraft equipment. This would allow astronauts to focus on exploration instead of danger. Azimi emphasized that their goal is not to replace humans but to manage dull, dirty, or risky jobs. NASA partners with companies like Apptronik in Austin, Texas, learning from Earth-designed robots. Apptronik creates Apollo, a robot for moving items in warehouses and factories. Expected by early 2025, Apollo focuses on long work hours and quick battery replacement. CEO Jeff Cardenas sees Apollo’s potential beyond warehouses, including stores. After testing, NASA believes adaptable robots like Apollo could assist in space missions.