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Name: Robert the Robot
Status: Fireball XL5 co-pilot
Year of activation: early 2062
Age: 5
Series: Fireball XL5
Voice artist: Gerry Anderson
Source: Century21 Magazine #11

Robert the Robot was constructed by Professor Matthew Matic at the XL Projects Workshops, Space City, early in 2062 and was Earth's most advanced mechanical man. His outer shell is made of transparent vladium (also known as labinium) and he is able to carry out virtually any instructions given him, which he will repeat in a monotone electronic voice. Robert's positronic brain allows him to take independent action as required and he records all events within his range of his scanners for possible analysis at a later date.

He has a tendency to 'blow his top' if conflicting commands are given, i.e. Robert's circuits become confused and overheat causing his coolant to expand and be released through a valve in his head as vapour. If this continues for any length of time he will collapse and need rechar­ging. Robert became the co-pilot of Fireball XL5 soon after he was built and proved invaluable on many occasions where a human pilot would have lost control of the ship.

He has the strength of four men and is absolutely tireless.

Gerry Anderson, MBE (born Gerald Alexander Abrahams; 14 April 1929 — 26 December 2012) was an English publisher, producer, director, and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving Supermarionation, working with modified marionettes.

Anderson's first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh children's series The Adventures of Twizzle. Supercar (1961–62) and Fireball XL5 (1962) followed later, both series breaking into the large U.S. television market in the early 1960s. In the mid-1960s Anderson produced his most famous and successful series, Thunderbirds. Other television productions of the 1960s include Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. His production company, originally known as AP Films and later renamed Century 21 Productions, was originally formed with partners Arthur Provis, Reg Hill and John Read.