NASA Designs Shape-Shifting Robots for Planetary Research


NASA is working on a deformable robot design to send to Saturn’s satellite Titan. The deformable robots undergoing work will switch to different forms for different stages of the task.

NASA is planning to conduct research on the Satan satellite, Titan. Because there are lakes and rivers of liquid methane on Titan. NASA’s Jet Studies Laboratory developed a shape-shifting robot for the work on Saturn’s Titan. With these shape-shifting robots, Titan will investigate life support.

He visited the Titan hundreds of times with NASA’s Cassini mission. During this mission, NASA created a surface map of Titan. Data from the study revealed that Saturn’s satellite was surprisingly similar to Earth.

It was previously discovered that Titan had lakes and rivers of liquid methane and an atmosphere of methane and nitrogen. However, researchers do not know exactly what is happening on the surface of the satellite.

A We have very limited information about the composition of the surface, said Ali Agha, a NASA officer. We know rocky terrain and methane lakes. But we don’t know anything about these structures. That’s why we thought about how to create a system that is so compact that it can cross a variety of terrain and different types of terrain and at the same time be launched with a rocket. ”

In order to examine this unusual surface of Titan, Agha and his team developed deforming robots called cobots. The deformed ots cobots will carry a small propeller on it, allowing it to reach all four sides of the satellite independently of the ground. At the same time, the long chain can be joined to form a long chain or become a ball.

The Cobots are designed to be semi-autonomous. In this way, when working on Titan, the robots can be physically connected to each other without being directed. The team working on the Cobots is designed to allow shape-shifting robots to land from the main rocket with a parachute. In this way, energy savings can be achieved.

Shaping robots will be submitted to NASA’s Advanced Concepts Initiative in 2020, hoping to approve the project. However, the emergence of these shape-changing robots seems to be able to reach 2026.


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