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NASA spinoffs: Bringing space down to Earth

In a time of “America First,” the benefits of space travel are clouded by the smoke of hyperbole. In reality, there has been over 2,000 inventions courtesy of NASA that are making our lives bette...
24 April 2017, by

Prepping a robot for its journey to Mars

Sarah Hensley is preparing an astronaut named Valkyrie for a mission to Mars. It is 6 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is equipped with an extended chest cavity that makes it look distinctly female. ...
21 October 2016, by

Livestream: NASA’s final sample return robot competition

After five years of competition by more than 40 different teams from around the globe, NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge has reached its final stage. The top seven teams will compete for the $1.3...
31 August 2016, by

NASA Space Robotics Challenge prepares robots for the journey to Mars

The Space Robotics Competition is open for teams to develop and display the abilities of an R5 robot by assisting in the procedures for a NASA mission to Mars, offering a $1 million prize pool for ...
18 August 2016, by

NASA Robonaut 2 simulation: Placing an ISS panel in The Construct

By Miguel Angel One of the most wanted robot simulations is a robot that can be used for anything. Robonaut is one like this. NASA kindly gave this simulation for public use and we thought here in ...
24 June 2016, by

SpaceX nails landing on drone ship

After several unsuccessful attempts, SpaceX finally made a perfect touchdown with its Falcon 9 rocket on the drone ship, aptly named: 'Of Course I Still Love You.'  A historic moment with the help...
11 April 2016, by


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NASA gives MIT a humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL NASA announced yesterday that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide that will...
18 November 2015, by

Obama connects robots to jobs in State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama linked robots and jobs in his sixth State of the Union address this Tuesday. The State of the Union Address is usually delivered annually by the President in a joint sessio...
22 January 2015, by

Google commits $1.36 billion for NASA facility, to house their robotics, space and flight technologies

Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures has committed to a 60-year $1.16 billion lease of the 1,000 acre Moffett Field Naval Air Station. The agreement includes an additional $200 million to refurbish th...
12 November 2014, by

Antares orb-3 accident

A very unfortunate incident for NASA and the commercial orbital transportation services program took place yesterday. The Antares rocket that was about to send the Cygnus spacecraft on the ISS explode...
29 October 2014, by

Skyward announces first commercial drone network demonstration | SUAS News

http://vimeo.com/109968038 SkyWard, a leading software platform for the aerial robotics ecosystem, today announced the Urban SkyWays Project, the first end-to-end demonstration of a commercial dron...
28 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

Winners of hurricane-tracking UAS design challenge announced | NASA News

From a NASA press release: A team of students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg captured first place in NASA's University Aeronautics Design C...
09 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

Robonaut doctor to practice in space

Astronauts all know how important it is to stay healthy in space. Weightlessness alone can cause a number of physiological changes including muscle atrophy, loss of blood volume and bone loss. Most as...
12 March 2014, by and

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

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

Don’t build robots, build robot systems

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Why aren't there more intelligent mobile robots in real world applications? It's a good question, and one I'm often asked. The answer I give most often is tha...
07 October 2013, by

NASA closes most of its doors due to US Congress shutdown, but Jet Propulsion Lab continues operating

We had hoped to be sharing highlights with you this week from NASA's Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop, which was scheduled to run this September 30 to October 2 at the Lunar Planetary Ins...
02 October 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

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

Space mining: Robots in the final frontier

Over the past two decades, robotic planetary exploration has generated an incredible wealth of knowledge about our neighbors in the Solar System. We now realize that celestial bodies within our reach...
01 July 2013, by

Attention C++ coders: NASA/TopCoder launch $10,000 Robonaut challenge

NASA and and the community developer platform TopCoder are launching a series of coding competitions to help Robonaut 2 learn how to interact with the types of input devices used by human astronauts o...
03 April 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

A conversation with NASA’s Dave Lavery

On Monday, I had the opportunity and pleasure to have a discussion with NASA's Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, Dave Lavery. During the course of the conversation, Dave answered my ques...
09 January 2013, by

Auto-gopher wireline drill demonstration and field test

The Auto-Gopher drill is a wire-line rotary-hammer drill designed for drilling on Mars, the Moon, or the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter. The depth of penetr...John Payne's insight:This type of drill ...
28 December 2012, by

Robotic explorers may usher in lunar ‘water rush’ | NASA

“The American space program stands at the cusp of a ‘water rush’ to the moon by several companies developing robotic prospectors for launch in the near future, according to a NASA sc...
19 November 2012, by

Lego robot controlled from space

Researchers from the METERON space project have for the first time ever successfully controlled a LEGO robot at ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, from the International Space Station (IS...
10 November 2012, by

NASA X1 robotic exoskeleton

NASA's X1 robotic exoskeleton is a mechanical suit designed to help astronauts exercise while in space, and here on Earth it can help paraplegics walk. In space, the joints would be configured to resi...
03 November 2012, by







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