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Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Texas A&M is Solving SLAM Problem for Robot Astronaut

Mar 23, 2017 @ 20:24 | By Rachel Rose, Texas A&M University College of Engineering | Due to the lack of GPS signals, the current Robot Astronaut (Robonaut) prototype cannot localize itself in the International Space Station (ISS). In order to remain safe, robots are commonly used to reach what human hands cannot. Often a robot […]

PUFFER: NASA’s New Foldable Child Rover

PUFFER: NASA’s New Foldable Child Rover

Mar 21, 2017 @ 21:10 |  PUFFER is a “pop-up” robot that folds into a small, smartphone-sized weight and crawls into narrow places where rovers can’t fit. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California has developed Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER), inspired by origami. The PUFFER is a project, sponsored by Game Changing Development (GCD) program, […]

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Nov 4, 2016 @ 18:39 |  New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show  ExoMars Schiaparelli parts module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet. Schiaparelli arrived in the Meridiani Planum region on Mars on 19 October, while its mothership began orbiting the planet. The Trace Gas orbiter will make its […]

NavCube:  New Technology for Navigation in Deep Space

NavCube: New Technology for Navigation in Deep Space

Nov 4, 2016 @ 17:42 |  The new technology, called NavCube, combines NASA’s SpaceCube, a reconfigurable and fast flight computing platform, with the Navigator Global Positioning System (GPS) flight receiver. Two proven technologies have been combined to create a promising new technology that could meet future navigational challenges in deep space. It also may help […]

Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Nov 4, 2016 @ 16:52 |  On Oct 27th Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) found odd-looking rock, called “Egg Rock”. It contains iron, nickel and phosphorus, plus lesser ingredients, in concentrations still being determined through analysis of the spectrum of light produced from dozens of laser pulses at nine spots on the object. Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object […]

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

Oct 21, 2016 @ 19:44 |  NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module. Schiaparelli entered the martian atmosphere at 14:42 GMT on 19 October for its 6-minute descent to the […]

Robot Navigation in Space Station using Monocular Vision

Robot Navigation in Space Station using Monocular Vision

Sep 28, 2016 @ 18:49 | Researchers are testing self-supervised learning technology using monocular vision with SPHERES drones for navigation in space. A small drone taught itself to judge distances using only one eye during trials aboard the International Space Station, ESA-backed researchers have reported. Although humans can effortlessly estimate distances with a single eye, robots […]