Johnson Space Center


Latitude: 29.562445748061
Longitude: -95.092763900757

Timeline of Events Associated with Johnson Space Center

Date Event Manage
Sep 1997

Mark Rosheim's Mechanical Knight

Rosheim, a modern robotisist, build a replica of Leonardo's moving knight. Rosheim's knight attempts to vastly improve on the original design of Leonardo's with modern technology while still having human-like motion. It is powered by linear actuators acting as muscles and has human-like joints, as opposed to the joints typically found in industrial machinery. This replica was sent to the Jihnson Space Center's Dextrous Robotics Laboratory. Because the robot was human-like, it was designed to do dangerous manual tasks that would have otherwise required the full dexterity of an able-bodied person. 

Image Source:

Credit: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Information Source:

Fisher, Arthur. "Leonardo's lost robot." Popular Science, Sept. 1997, p. 85+. Biography in Context, Accessed 8 Mar. 2018.