Woodside's NASA team-up

WOODSIDE Petroleum is teaming up with NASA to bring a robot that resembles Star Wars’ C3PO, or pop music duo Daft Punk, for use in the harsh environments experienced by oil and gas operations.

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Woodside's head of cognitive science and robotics, Russell Potapinski, and NASA Robonaut project manager Julia Badger.

Remote and autonomous vehicles have been used by oilers for decades, most famously in attempts to plug the Macondo-1 blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, but they look more like submarines, whereas NASA's