‘Can read, talk’: Vyommitra’s skills get a lift-off with digital grey matter

Source: The post is based on the article “‘Can read, talk’: Vyommitra’s skills get a lift-off with digital grey matter” published in The Hindu on 7th October 2022.

What is the News?

Vyommitra, the humanoid, is undergoing pre-flight ground tests at the ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU). The humanoid will fly aboard unmanned test missions ahead of the Gaganyaan human space-flight mission.

About Vyommitra

It is a “female” robot astronaut unveiled in 2020.

Designed and developed by: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Vyommitra is a half-humanoid lacking lower limbs. The IISU was responsible for the design, development, and integration of the robot. The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thumba here developed its fingers.

It has been designed to resemble a human with facial expressions and speech and sight capabilities.

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How Vyommitra will help in the Gaganyaan human space-flight mission?

Vyommitra will fly aboard the first unmanned test flight ahead of the manned Gaganyaan flight expected in 2024.

The AI-enabled robot is designed to fly aboard a rocket, withstanding vibrations and shock during the flight.

The IISU has successfully integrated Vyommitra with a computer “brain”. This enables it to “read” control panels aboard the unmanned test flights and communicate with the ISRO ground stations.

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About Vyommitra twin

Vyommitra is set to get a digital twin. The “twin” will undergo computer simulations where the control systems are tested for microgravity conditions. The twin will be developed in collaboration with academic institutions such as the IITs.

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