Dentsu Inc. 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.
Kirobo is one of the two humanoid communication robots developed under the Kibo Robot Project.
It is a joint research project carried out in collaboration with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation.
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.