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NASA develops weird new rovers

May 22, 2009 | Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: NASA/JPL
NASA have been busy working on developing a number of new weird and wonderful robotic rovers that could one day find themselves exploring Mars, from a robot that can climb up cliffs to the jumping "Hopper" bot that bounds over rocks.
At some point on their five-year journey, Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have both gotten their feet stuck in the soil, and NASA is taking notes for the design of the next generation of rovers. In 2005, Opportunity spent five weeks spinning her wheels in a dune later dubbed “Purgatory.” Last week, Spirit sank into a sandpit scientists are calling “Troy,” and could stay there for weeks — or forever."


Source: Wired | Comments (4)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by thefinalfrontier 13 years ago
I have my doubts about Nasa using such robots as mentioned above, Nasa however does look at all the possibilities of research and this most likely is being looked at, Heck they were looking at a small flying robot that mimiced a large dragonfly that would fly around the red planet and it would return to its rover base to recharge and return data back to earth but that idea like many that Nasa looks at has been put on the wayside and most likely will never happen so I forsee the same thing happening with this idea as well, Regards; TFF
Comment icon #2 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
What a coincidence. I saw this on the telly last night Scientists at the University of California Berkeley are convinced they are offering a breakthrough in robot design. Their study of living organisms has offered insights which they’ve adapted to the world’s first robotic cockroach, or, Robo Roach. Graham discovers how the ingenuity of nature may help develop technology that could finally bring about the robot revolution. Link with episode
Comment icon #3 Posted by ROGER 13 years ago
I look forward to the day when all of NASA,s Ships, probes and robots will look pleasing to the common man,s eye. Engineers say good looks are not needed, cost effective, or necessary . But to get John Q Public behind the space program again they will have to first sell the ideas. And that means pleasing to the eye as well as function.
Comment icon #4 Posted by REBEL 13 years ago


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