Talking space droid Kirobo yaps away on ISS

(Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

“Robots take their first step for a future of hope,” the first talking space robot has said in its inaugural message from the International Space Station.

Kirobo’s voice sounds more like a squeak than the mighty baritone of say, Megatron, but the 13-inch droid’s message heralds a new era for astro-companions.

Made in Japan, Kirobo arrived at the ISS last month after a Japanese H-IIB rocket ride. It’ll orbit our planet for about a year and a half, and ISS crews will have to learn to love its nasal whine.

The message was recorded on August 21, but has only just been released. As seen in the vid below, a floating Kirobo announces the date, then says his message while taking a “step” in zero-g.

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