space Robotics

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

May 25, 2017 @ 08:29 | The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, […]

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Perseverance Valley’s Origin

May 16, 2017 @ 16:15 | NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission — an ancient fluid-carved “Perseverance Valley”  incised on the inner slope of a vast crater’s rim. As the rover approached the upper end of “Perseverance Valley” in early May, images from its cameras […]

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, […]

Top 5 Robotic Explorations of 2016

Top 5 Robotic Explorations of 2016

Jan 3, 2017 @ 17:17 | Our universe is full of mysteries and challenges. Researchers want to explore these mysteries with the help of Robotic Explorations. Several researchers used robots to explore the human challenging areas. The top 5 Robotic Explorations of 2016 are presented here. In this century, there are two main focus areas of […]

CONFERS Program: DARPA Creating Industry / Government Group for Safe Operation of Space Robotics

CONFERS Program: DARPA Creating Industry / Government Group for Safe Operation of Space Robotics

Dec 5, 2016 @ 17:25 |  Consortium For Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) envisions consensus-based technical standards that would encourage responsible on-orbit commercial servicing operations Recent technological advances have made the longstanding dream of on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites a near-term possibility. The potential advantages of that unprecedented capability are enormous. Instead of […]

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

Nov 26, 2016 @ 18:23 |  In preliminary investigation, European Space Agency has found that Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) malfunction is the reason for Schiaparelli’s crash landing on Mars. The IMU measures the rotation rates of the vehicle. Due to malfunction of IMU, computers calculated wrong altitude of Schiaparelli and mistakenly thought it was much […]