Bot Vid: NASA's Moon Probe NASA, the Automaton blog tells us, is busy testing a new device called the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction, destined to one day be used by robots on the Moon. The device, RESOLVE for short, is designed to drill and sample the lunar surface intelligently looking for water sources. Water will be an invaluable resource on the Moon because it can help sustain a human colony there and may even be useful to act as a rocket propellant.
Bot Vid: Robosunfish The Automaton blog reports that AeroVironment has been developing a solar-powered swimming robot called Mola, named for the fish that inspired its design: the giant sunfish, Mola mola. Even though it's a sub-sur... Read Post
Bot Vid: Hopping For A Better Robot Hopping robots make use of the relative efficiency of hopping versus other modes of locomotion, especially flying, but as the Automaton blog points out Georgia Tech researchers have just come acro... Read Post
This prototype lunar rover is carrying a payload called RESOLVE, which (in one of the least-strained NASA acronyms I've ever heard) stands for Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction. RESOLVE is "t... Read Post