The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) unveiled a “female” legless half-humanoid robot that is supposed to be sent into unmanned space flight this year.

Called Vyommitra, the robot was designed as part of the ambitious Gaganyaan project announced last year by Indian PM Narendra Modi and aimed at sending Indians to space.

During the presentation that took place in Bengaluru last week, Vyommitra introduced herself as “the first prototype of half humanoid”. She also boasted of being able to “mimic” the activity of a crew of astronauts and even “recognize and respond to their queries”.

“It’s called a half humanoid because it doesn’t have legs. It can only bend sidewards and forward. It will carry out certain experiments and will always remain in touch with the ISRO command center,” – ISRO scientist Sam Dayal specified.

ISRO plans to send Vyommitra to space later this year. This unmanned flight is supposed to become a prelude to India’s first manned space mission that is scheduled for 2022.

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