Chris Foss' "waldo-like" repair machines


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At one point, the script described extensive damage to the interior ofthe ship.
Foss designed a robot device to make the repairs on board the ship in the
engine room

Another repair vehicle for the Nostromo in the script that was not mentioned
 in the script but that Foss created for possible emergency conditions. This
mechanical manipulator. The Picador, was controlled by human guidance

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Leviathan Engine from within showing 'Picador' at work. Chris Foss 77.
from Charles Lippincott's Facebook page



Cobb commented "These Foss repair machines are "waldo-like"vehicle
concepts developed by Robert Heinlein. (Book of Alien)
b) Waldo concept origins
In the story "Waldo", Waldo Farthingwaite-Jones was born a weakling, unable even to lift his head up to drink or to hold a spoon. Far from destroying him, this channeled his intellect, and his family's money, into the development of the device patented as "Waldo F. Jones' Synchronous Reduplicating Pantograph". Wearing a glove and harness, Waldo could control a much more powerful mechanical hand simply by moving his hand and fingers. This and other technologies he develops make him a rich man, rich enough to build a home in space. In the story, these devices became popularly known as "waldoes". In reference to this story, the real-life remote manipulators that were later developed also came to be called waldoes. (http://en.wikipedia.org/)

 Astounding, 1942 original publication magazine cover

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