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Astronauts to Test Free-Flying “Housekeeper” Robots

29.09.2017 tribonet 79 Views
Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and […]
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Origami-inspired Robot for Space Exploration

25.08.2017 tribonet 55 Views
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight […]
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Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A

15.08.2017 tribonet 242 Views
  Image Credit: NASA/Steve Sabia The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast […]
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ISS National Lab Enables Commercial Research

10.08.2017 tribonet 335 Views
A growing number of commercial partners use the International Space Station National Lab. With that growth, we will see more discoveries in fundamental and applied research that could improve life on the ground. Since 2011, when […]
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Advanced Materials

Metallic Glass Gears for NASA Robots

07.08.2017 tribonet 17,616 Views
Throw a baseball, and you might say it’s all in the wrist. For robots, it’s all in the gears. Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; […]
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Nanotechnology Flight Test

29.07.2017 tribonet 646 Views
Mastering the intricacies of controlling matter at the nanoscale level is part of a revolutionary quest to apply nanotechnology to benefit industrial processes. A key element of that technology is the use of carbon nanotubes. […]
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Ancient Art of Weaving on Mars

27.07.2017 tribonet 336 Views
Weaving processes created millennia ago are part of the most cutting-edge technology on NASA’s Orion spaceship that may one day shield humans from heat as they ride all the way to Mars and back. That […]