NASA roboticist chimes in on how the droids of Star Wars would really fare in space

Contributed by
Dec 8, 2015

The droids are arguably one of the most iconic aspects of Star Wars, but how would those lovable robots actually perform in real-life space exploration?

Wired posed that question to Jet Propulsion Lab roboticist Brett Kennedy, who took a humorous look at stalwarts R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as new addition BB-8. The gist comes down to this, basically: BB-8 might be “cool,” but the physics just wouldn’t work in actual execution. You’d need to be exploring a planet with perfectly flat ground, and that’s not likely.

Kennedy went on to say he’s always been a big fan of R2-D2, noting “we could build an R2 today” with existing technology, but it’s C-3PO who is really the most fascinating droid in the gang. Though we already have some humanoid robots that could rival (or surpass) his capabilities, C-3PO still has the edge when it comes to human-like articulation and navigation (which makes sense, as there’s typically an actual human in that robot suit).

Check out the video feature below and let us know what you think:


(Via Wired)

Make Your Inbox Important

Like Comic-Con. Except every week in your inbox.

Sign-up breaker
Sign out: