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UAE starts process of building Arab region’s first Mars probe | Gulf Business

The UAE has taken the “first practical steps” towards its mission of sending the Arab world’s first unmanned probe to Mars, the UAE’s VP and PM and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid A...
21 October 2014, by

ESA confirms primary landing site for Rosetta | ESA News

ESA has given the green light for its Rosetta mission to deliver its lander, Philae, to the primary site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November, in the first-ever attempt at a soft touchdown o...
15 October 2014, by

NASA 3D prints rocket injector, initial tests successful | NASA News

Engineers just completed hot-fire testing with two 3-D printed rocket injectors. Certain features of the rocket components were designed to increase rocket engine performance. The injector mixed liqui...
29 August 2014, by

Mars Opportunity Rover sets off-world driving record | NASA News

From a NASA press release: NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. ...
28 July 2014, by

Curiosity’s Martian anniversary selfie is a sign of the times

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover captures a selfie to mark a full Martian year - 687 Earth days - spent exploring the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Robots, selfies and remote connectedne...
26 June 2014, by and

SpaceX unveils its next generation Dragon V2

Tonight at 7PM PT SpaceX will reveal Dragon V2 -their next generation spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to space. UPDATE: read our de-briefing of the presentation below...
29 May 2014, by



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Extreme-environment robotics under development at Keio University

At Keio University in Japan, the Ishigami Laboratory, in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is investigating robotic mobility systems. The main mission of thi...
20 May 2014, by

ROS goes to space!

As part of a resupply mission to the International Space Station, ROS will board a SpaceX Rocket on March 16 and, barring inclement weather, will launch into space. According to a blogpost by Brian Ge...
13 March 2014, by

Back on Earth

I guess all those other Mars rovers just landed in the wrong spot? I had this idea yesterday to try something a little different. In the comments below, tell me, what questions would researchers want ...
28 February 2014, by

Mission to Mars, Part 8

The mission to Mars concludes now that Nate is back on Earth, but do you think the adventure is really over?  Learn more about Nate's wacky life at his Website....
21 February 2014, by

Mission to Mars, Part 7

  Stay tuned next week for the exciting conclusion of Nate's "mission to Mars" experience.  As always, remember you can see more at Nate's Website....
17 February 2014, by

Watch Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge live

NASA, MIT and DARPA will host the Fifth Annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Student Challenge today at 7:30am (EST). The event will take place at MIT's campus in Cambridge, Mass. where student teams from the...
17 January 2014, by

GLXP Update: Penn State Lunar Lions now in #3 spot

What are they putting in the water in the Keystone state?  It turns out that Penn State Lunar Lions team announced plans to get launched to the moon as well.  They have made a deposit for a ride in ...
07 January 2014, by

Video: Panel discussion celebrating 10 years of the Mars Exploration Rover

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10:30AM - 12PM Eastern Time:  NASA and the Smithsonian team up to facilitate two panel discussions on Mars robotic and human missions. Held in NASM's Moving Beyond Earth gallery, par...
06 January 2014, by

Mission to Mars

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break!  As always, remember you can see more at Nate's Website....
03 January 2014, by

China’s moon landing and rover tip of iceberg

Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”), China's rover-like robot was soft-landed on the moon earlier this month. China's plans to become a global leader in robotics and space exploration are just beginning to be s...
20 December 2013, by

Soft robotics in space

Space robotics is understandably conservative. When the cost of putting a robot on a planet, moon or asteroid runs into the billions we need to be sure the technology will work. And with very long pro...
14 December 2013, by

Google Lunar X Prize leader board: Barcelona Moon Team schedules launch ahead of Astrobotic, Moon Express, and Team Indus

The private space race is on! With the $40M at stake from the Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) leading other private and pseudo-private investment, this is a real race. I, for one, love racing.  By foot, ...
09 December 2013, by

CubeSats: Launching education into space

Three Cubesats were deployed November 19, 2013 from a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) attached to the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm. Image Credit: NASA. Four more student-built CubeSat rese...
06 December 2013, by

NASA to host workshop exploring ideas for protecting Earth from asteroids | NASA News Release

NASA has chosen 96 ideas it regards as most promising from more than 400 submitted in response to its June request for information (RFI) about protecting Earth from asteroids and finding an asteroid h...
04 September 2013, by

SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully completes 100m lateral maneuver before returning to launchpad

Yesterday SpaceX's Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) successfully completed a 100m lateral maneuver, beginning at an altitude of 250m, before returning to the center of the pad from which it w...
14 August 2013, by

Talking robot sent into space

Kirobo, a 13” humanoid robot, was launched today and is on its way to the International Space Station. A mashup of the Japanese word for hope, “Kibo”, and “robot”, Kirobo is designed to b...
04 August 2013, by

SpaceX awarded launch reservation contract with MDA Robotics for Canadian satellite program

The Falcon 9 rocket in the hangar at SpaceX's launch site at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: SpaceX. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced today that, in 2018, it will...
30 July 2013, by

More space robots as Grishin funds NanoSatisfi

NanoSatisfi, a Silicon Valley based cubesat startup, today received $300,000 investment from Grishin Robotics bringing their total seed funding to $1,750,000, not including their initial successful Ki...
11 July 2013, by

Astronaut on International Space Station successfully controls K10 rover on Earth, supporting use of telerobotics in future deep space missions

On June 17, 2013, Astronaut Chris Cassidy successfully drove a K10 rover on earth, via remote connection from the Surface Telerobotics Workbench on the International Space Station, showing that robo...
02 July 2013, by

NASA rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on mars | NASA JPL

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.See on www.jpl.nasa.gov...
12 March 2013, by

A visual history of robotic Mars probes | Wired UK

Check out Paul Butt's beautifully illustrated infographic on the history of Mars exploration by robotic probes, and the many successes and failures along the way.   See on Wired UK. &...
11 March 2013, by

Curiosity lands safely and In working order

Depending on which time zone you're in, either yesterday evening or early this morning, a rocket-powered sky crane lowered the Curiosity rover gently to the surface of Mars, just in time for Curiosity...
06 August 2012, by

JPL Open House 2012, with Tod Litwin, Megan Richardson, Kit Kennedy, Mike Watkins and Dimitri Zarzhitsky

Link to audio file (28:07)In today’s show we bring you to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Open House, just in time to prepare for the landing of the Curiosity Mars Rover in less tha...
27 July 2012, by

Curiosity update with Scott Maxwell

http://youtu.be/AVqsV4rQ4bE Would you like to watch Curiosity pile up sand behind its wheels as it struggles up a slope, this video is about as close as you're likely to get, at least until Curiosity...
08 July 2012, by







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