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NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own

NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own

Jul 21, 2016 @ 18:46 |  NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer — the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. Using software developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Curiosity is now frequently choosing multiple […]

Curiosity Rover Enters Precautionary Safe Mode

Curiosity Rover Enters Precautionary Safe Mode

Jul 7, 2016 @ 15:54 |  The Curiosity rover put itself into safe mode on July 2, ceasing most activities other than keeping itself healthy and following a prescribed sequence for resuming communications. But till now NASA engineers are not sure about the reason of safe-mode entry. Engineers are working to determine the cause of […]

Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley on Mars

Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley on Mars

Jun 16, 2016 @ 16:13 |  “Marathon Valley,” slicing through a large crater’s rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA’s Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on. Rover Opportunity recently collected a sweeping panorama from near the western end of this east-west valley. The vista shows an […]

Alabama Astrobotics Wins NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2016

Alabama Astrobotics Wins NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2016

May 23, 2016 @ 21:58 |  Alabama Astrobotics, a robotics team at The University of Alabama in collaboration with Shelton State Community College competed in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition 2016 at Kennedy Space Center and won first prize. This is consecutively second time and total third time out of seven when this team won the […]

Scientists are Improving NASA’s Valkyrie Humanoid Robot’s Capabilities for Mars Missions

Scientists are Improving NASA’s Valkyrie Humanoid Robot’s Capabilities for Mars Missions

May 4, 2016 @ 19:06 | NASA’s Johnson Space Center developed a humanoid robot – Valkyrie. The Main design goals of Valkyrie are walking on uneven surface, ladder climbing and the deep space exploration. NASA was looking for help from the University Robotics Groups to perform research and software development that will improve the robot’s […]

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

Apr 28, 2016 @ 16:00 |  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission’s 44 months on Mars. The rover climbed onto the “Naukluft Plateau” of lower Mount Sharp in early March after spending several weeks investigating sand dunes. The plateau’s sandstone […]

DARPA developing Robotic Space Transportation hub

DARPA developing Robotic Space Transportation hub

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a highly capable robotic arm that could make such a space “transportation hub” possible in the relatively near future, said former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy, deputy director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. “We think that these space capabilities are not just about a single monolithic satellite […]