NASA: Origami-inspired robot scout can explore Mars

Last Updated: March 23, 2017
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NASA’s engineers got an excellent idea to use for Mars’ exploring the foldable robot scout. Its construction inspired by origami, which gives to the scientists almost endless opportunity to use the robot scout to explore the Martian surface.

NASA and its exploration missions used to use the robots and rovers for the Martian exploring. This time, a brand new construction was developed at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the engineers have created a robot scout Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER), which will be much more helpful because of its origami-based idea.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena created a totally new robotic construction. Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER)

Jaakko Karras, a project manager of PUFFER at NASA’s JPL, told about the first tests of a robot. The origami design includes a lightweight structure and it is made in such a way that it can tuck its wheels, flatten itself, and explore places, which a typical rover cannot access.

Mars mission is one of the actual tasks for NASA, so exploring the Red Planet is the priority as well. Who knows, maybe Elon Musk will really send the humans to Moon or Mars in a foreseeable future?

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