NASA unveils Valkyrie Humanoid but it is not the Macross VF-1

When I saw the title from the source, I though NASA has really developed the Valkyrie VF-1 that has embedded into my memory from childhood. Anyway, it is not, but it means that it is a step closer to reality that humans might work side by side with robots (Humanoids) in future. Meet Valkyrie, the Humanoid that is designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.


The Valkyrie is 6.2 foot tall, weighs 275 pounds. It has a battery life of just 1 hour on the backpack. Valkyrie has 44 degrees of freedom (very flexible joints). It is developed with the University of Texas and Texas A&M University for the purpose of taking part in the robot challenge. Here is a video of Valkyrie.

Nicolaus Radford of the NASA JSC Dextrous Robotics Lab says:

“We want to get to Mars. Likely, NASA will send robots ahead of the astronauts to the planet. These robots will start preparing the way for the human explorers, and when the humans arrive, the robots and the humans will work together.”

Don’t you think that it looks like the Japanese Macross Valkyrie VF-1 in some way 🙂