space Robotics

RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), Detective for Exoplanet Atmospheres

RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), Detective for Exoplanet Atmospheres

Jun 28, 2016 @ 18:13 |  Machine-learning techniques that mimic human recognition and dreaming processes are being deployed in the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system. A deep belief neural network, called RobERt (Robotic Exoplanet Recognition), has been developed by astronomers at UCL to sift through detections of light emanating from distant planetary […]

Project DESI: Galaxy Hunting Robots

Project DESI: Galaxy Hunting Robots

Jun 14, 2016 @ 18:41 |  Berkeley Lab is building and testing a robotic array for a telescope project that will produce a 3-D map of the universe including millions of galaxies. Ten robots will be tested in a prototype called ProtoDESI, and the full project, called DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument), will feature 5,000 […]

DFKI completed successfully project – Europa-Explorer

DFKI completed successfully project – Europa-Explorer

May 30, 2016 @ 21:40 | DFKI, Germany |  Looking for life in our solar system is of great interest. A promising candidate for this search is Jupiter’s moon Europa, as a deep-water ocean is assumed to lie under several kilometers of ice which could support extraterrestrial life. Reaching and exploring this ocean is investigated by […]

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 […]

Gecko Inspired Gripper for Object Handling in Space

Gecko Inspired Gripper for Object Handling in Space

May 19, 2016 @ 14:32 |  The conventional ways of object handling in space are Compress opposing faces of the object to generate friction (as in the International Space Station’s Canadarm) Grapple around features to lock the object in place (as in the Orbital Express Capture System) However, these conventional methods often require cooperative objects […]

ESA astronaut successfully drives rover from Earth orbit

ESA astronaut successfully drives rover from Earth orbit

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen has successfully driven and manipulated an Earth-based rover whilst orbiting at a height of 400 km (249 miles) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The control system used a sophisticated form of force-feedback that allowed Mogensen to determine when the rover’s robotic arm met resistance. The technology has the potential to […]