Japanese Robot Astronaut's Departure Set for August - First-ever Robot-Human Conversation Experiments in Space Planned for December - Tokyo, June 26, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Dentsu Inc. (Dentsu), Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo (RCAST); Robo Garage Co., Ltd. (Robo Garage) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce today that their jointly developed robot astronaut called Kirobo will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch from the Tanegashima Space Center to the International Space Station (ISS) on August 4. Kirobo is one of two humanoid verbal-communication robots developed under the Kibo Robot Project, a joint research project carried out by RCAST, Robo Garage and TMC. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has also provided extensive assistance. RCAST and Robo Garage worked on the development of the robot hardware and motion generation, TMC was responsible for the voice-recognition function, and Dentsu handled the creation of the conversation content as well as the management of the entire project. After launch aboard Kounotori 4 within H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 on August 4, Kirobo will disembark at the ISS and wait for the arrival of Commander Koichi Wakata in November or December. In the Kibo Japanese experiment module, the commander and Kirobo will then take part in the first conversation experiment held between a person and a robot in space. Project Timeline (planned): Aug. 4, 2013: Robot astronaut Kirobo leaves for the ISS Aug. - Sep. 2013: Kirobo speaks for the first time in space Nov. - Dec. 2013: Commander Wakata arrives at the ISS Dec. 2013: Commander Wakata and Kirobo have their first conversation May - Jun. 2014: Commander Wakata leaves the ISS Dec. 2014: Kirobo returns to Earth For more information, please visit the Kibo Robot Website: http://kibo-robo.jp/en/. About Toyota Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com. Contact: Toyota Motor Corporation Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Tel: +81-3-3817-9926 Copyright 2013 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.japancorp.net Provider ID: 00026966
Japanese Robot Astronaut's Departure Set for August
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