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Dentsu Announces Robot Astronaut's Departure Date



  Dentsu Announces Robot Astronaut's Departure Date

     —Kirobo will leave for the International Space Station on August 4—

Business Wire

TOKYO -- June 26, 2013

Dentsu Inc. (TOKYO:4324)(ISIN:JP3551520004)(President & CEO: Tadashi Ishii;
Head Office: Tokyo; Capital: 58,967.1 million yen) announced today that the
robot astronaut Kirobo will be aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft that is
scheduled to be launched from the Tanegashima Space Center to the
International Space Station (ISS) on August 4 this year.

Robot astronaut Kirobo (Photo: Business Wire)

Robot astronaut Kirobo (Photo: Business Wire)

Kirobo is one of the two humanoid communication robots developed under the
KIBO ROBOT PROJECT, a joint research project carried out in collaboration with
the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of
Tokyo (Director: Dr. Yoshiaki Nakano; hereinafter "RCAST"), ROBO GARAGE Co.,
Ltd. (CEO: Tomotaka Takahashi; hereinafter "ROBO GARAGE") and Toyota Motor
Corporation (President: Akio Toyoda; hereinafter "Toyota"). The Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also provided extensive cooperation.

RCAST and ROBO GARAGE worked on the development of the robot hardware and
motion generation, Toyota was responsible for the voice recognition function
used for the robot's intelligence, and Dentsu handled the creation of the
conversation content as well as the management of the entire project.

The H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 carrying the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV4, also
called Kounotori 4) will be launched around 4:48 a.m. on August 4, 2013
(Sunday, Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center. Kirobo will
be on board Kounotori 4, and after disembarking at the ISS the robot astronaut
will wait for the arrival of Commander Koichi Wakata in November or December.
They will then take part in the world's first conversation experiment held
between a person and a robot in outer space. This experiment will take place
in the Kibo Japanese experiment module, which is part of the ISS.

 
Projected Timeline*
August 4, 2013           Robot astronaut Kirobo leaves Japan for the ISS
Aug-Sep, 2013            Kirobo speaks for the first time in outer space
Nov–Dec 2013             Commander Wakata arrives at the ISS
December 2013            Commander Wakata and Kirobo have their first
                         conversation
May–June 2014            Commander Wakata leaves the ISS
December 2014 or later   Kirobo returns to Earth

*Subject to change depending on the operating conditions

A high-resolution photograph of Kirobo can be downloaded directly from the "To
the Press" section of the Kibo Robot Project website: http://kibo-robo.jp/en/

Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:
http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20130625006712/en/

Multimedia
Available:http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50659955&lang=en

Contact:

Dentsu Inc.
Shusaku Kannan, (813) 6216-8042
Senior Manager
Corporate Communications Division
s.kannan@dentsu.co.jp
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