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India Will Launch A Creepy Female Robot Into Space

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So far, only three nations have managed to independently launch a human being into space: the former Soviet Union, the United States, and China. It’s a safe bet to say that the next country to achieve this milestone will be India, who have been developing their Gaganyaan crew capsule since 2006. It was recently announced that an uncrewed Gaganyaan misson will be launched later this year that will include a humanoid robot named Vyommitra, which is Sanskrit for “space friend.” She looks kinda creepy, but she’ll be performing all sorts of important tasks and gathering lots of data required for the first actually crewed mission, scheduled for 2025.

I should note that the calling this robot “creepy” is my own personal opinion and one not shared by media outlets like The Register, who published this (I think) unintentionally hilarious picture-and-caption combo:

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I think as soon as you have to tell people something isn’t “creepy or unsettling” in the caption of a picture of that something, you’ve already lost.

Creepy and unsettling or not, this female-coded robot is going to be a crucial step forward for India’s plan to put people into orbit. The robot will simulate the demands of human astronauts to test Gaganyaan’s life support systems; the test Gaganyaan capsule has already had missions to confirm its launch escape system, and the launch vehicle, LVM3, has been human-rated. Interestingly, there is no global standard for what defines a “human-rated” rocket; each space agency decides their own criteria for what makes a rocket human rated.

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The robot speaks both Hindi and English, and is legless, similar to the design of Robonaut2, the GM-NASA joint venture that put a humanoid robot on the ISS.

The Gaganyaan spacecraft, in case you’re unfamiliar, was designed to be a simple but modern orbital spacecraft. Like the old American Apollo spacecraft and the new Orion spacecraft, and, oh yeah, even the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, Gaganyaan is a two-module craft, with a crew module and a service module. This is a somewhat different approach than the long-serving Soviet/Russian Soyuz spacecraft or the Chinese Shenzou spacecraft, which both use a three-module system, including an orbital module in addition to a re-entry module and a service module.

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India’s science and technology minister Jitendra Singh has said that a crewed Gaganyaan mission will be launched next year, with plans to launch three astronauts into a 250-mile high orbit and return them via a splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

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Will the crewed launch actually happen next year? Space milestones are notorious for getting pushed, but I still think India is on track to be the fourth country to launch a human into space. And, I guess, the first to launch a sorta-creepy fembot.

 

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Myk El
Myk El
10 days ago

I’m sure the robot didn’t come out as desired, but shooting it into space seems a bit extreme in terms of disposal.

James Milton
James Milton
12 days ago

So, did you get her number?

W124
W124
12 days ago

This sounds like a compilation of 2001 Space Odyssey ans Solaris, and if I had a space program those wouldn’t be the movies I want people be reminded of.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
13 days ago

Is there room for MTG or Bobert the biter? I would skip eating for a week or so, just to be able to donate cash to get them both a seat onboard.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
13 days ago

Poor Vyommitra. Being shot into space is the only way she can get away from her overbearing parents and in laws.

Last edited 13 days ago by Cheap Bastard
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
13 days ago
Reply to  Cheap Bastard

When if you remove one letter your name is Vommitra yeah a bit something off. Did they test Vommitra on the Vommit comet?

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
13 days ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Based on her picture, yes. Probably several times.

Harvey Park
Harvey Park
13 days ago

If it’s from the register, it’s 100% intentionally funny.

ShinyMetalAsp
ShinyMetalAsp
13 days ago

This was created in a lab and they couldn’t destroy it. They pretended it was for the space program so they had a reason to shoot it into the sun.

Mr. Frick
Mr. Frick
13 days ago

I can’t stop looking at the badge and wondering why. Is there a reason? Are there so many space robots this is necessary? What are they trying to prevent? Are there foreign sex dolls trying to infiltrate the mission? I wish I could read the badge.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
13 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Frick

I think Canopysaurus nailed it below…this is pretty much an Indian Jeff Tracy. So of course badges. And I hope scenes of deploying wings, things launching, etc.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
13 days ago

And here I was, asking for more weird content… Jason. You read my mind.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
13 days ago

Looks like Gelfling.
(sniffs)
Doesn’t smell like Gelfling.

Cryptoenologist
Cryptoenologist
13 days ago

Oh man it really does look like Gelfling. Maybe we can take its life force.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
12 days ago

Nah.. too much trouble.
We’ve got pod people already in place for that exact purpose.

Hoonicus
Hoonicus
13 days ago

This is definitely not the droid I’m looking for.

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
13 days ago

Why do they put faces on these things?! Fuck. It’s never gonna not be creeeeeepy.

Face-like, fine, actual face, absolutely not. Johnny 5 was good. Go that direction.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
13 days ago

Like, oh my god! It’s Uncanny Valley Girl!

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
13 days ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

And that name. What? Is it pronounced like ‘Vomit-Tra’? Dafuq?

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
13 days ago
Reply to  Doctor Nine

Don’t talk about Vyommitra, supreme leader of the Vomni-tron robot armies, like that.

Show some respect.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
13 days ago

Just don’t point her face in my direction when she gets juicy.

Last edited 13 days ago by Doctor Nine
Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
13 days ago

Thunderbirds are go, Gaganyaan style.

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