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GITAI G1

A shiny white humanoid torso with two industrial arms ending in black two finger grippers, and a head composed of many horizontal strips with sensors, as well as two larger eyes with cameras.
Can you point me in the direction of space? I'm supposed to go there. Photo: GITAI

GITAI G1 is a general-purpose humanoid robot for space applications. It combines AI and teleoperation to perform tasks like manipulation of tools, control boards, and scientific equipment. It's designed to operate inside and outside space stations and future lunar bases.

Creator

GITAI

Year
2020
Country
Japan 🇯🇵
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Features
A series of images show a 360 degree view of a white humanoid torso with two industrial arms with two finger grippers, and a head full of cameras and sensors, on a black wheeled base.
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See a 360° view of GITAI G1. Photos: GITAI

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GITAI G1 can manipulate soft objects like fabric, a task that's considered extremely hard for robots to do.

A close-up of the robots head highlighting a multitude of cameras and sensors.
I have all the sensors. ALL OF THEM. Photo: GITAI
Lunar base construction demo. Video: GITAI

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History

GITAI was founded in 2016 with the goal of disrupting the space industry. Founder and CEO Sho Nakanose recruited Yuto Nakanishi, a former researcher at the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab, where he built Kojiro, Kenshiro, and other humanoids, and was the founder and CEO of SCHAFT, a robotics startup sold to Google in 2013. Joining chief robotics officer Nakanishi were Toyotaka Kozuki (CTO) and Ryohei Ueda (VP of software), who had also worked at JSK Lab. Their plan is developing more capable and less expensive robotics systems to answer the growing demand for construction and maintenance activities in space. Investors in the company include Skyland Ventures, ANRI, 500 Startups-Japan, Spiral Ventures, DBJ Capital, and J-Power. In July 2021, GITAI won a procurement contract from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) to develop "extra-vehicular general-purpose robotic arms and hand technology that can autonomously perform multiple complex tasks on-orbit and on the lunar surface." In October 2021, GITAI completed a successful technology demonstration inside the International Space Station (ISS). In April 2022, GITAI conducted a successful demonstration of In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) activities in a simulated space environment. In December 2022, GITAI announced the start of U.S. operations with the opening of an office in Torrance, Calif.

Close-up of a robot hand consisting of a metal two-fingered gripper.
A handy hand. Photo: GITAI

Specs

Overview

Ultralow latency streaming of high resolution and wide FOV video. High power actuation system for high speed and high torque motions and elastic response to external force. Dual-arm manipulation. Real-time logging and diagnostics framework for high-reliability. Redundant joint axis configuration for broad reachability. Omnidirectional perception capability. User interface providing intuitive control via GITAI manipulation system H1.

Status

Ongoing

Year

2020

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Width
40 cm
Height
200 cm
Length
40 cm
Weight
120 kg
Speed
4 km/h
Sensors

High resolution cameras and other vision and actuator sensors

Actuators

GITAI custom actuators; 245 Nm / 47.5 rpm

Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
21 DoF (Arm: 8 DoF x 2; Hand: 1 DoF x 2; Torso:3 DoF)
Materials

Iron, aluminum, and 3D-printed parts

Compute

NVIDIA Jetson compute module

Software

Custom software based on ROS and OpenCV

Power

Battery or external power, depending on application

Cost
Depends on customer requirements