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How an online manufacturer supplied over 50 components for the LUVMI lunar rover, a project of the Space Applications Services that specializes in space technology.

Space Applications Services procured components for a space project.

What’s the difference between deep space and the deep sea? For a robot, the answer is: not much. Both environments are harsh and demanding, and, more importantly, both are far removed from the machine’s operator.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

A concept in development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory would allow potential planetary missions to chase interesting clues in subsurface oceans.

Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds

In this episode, we talk about how robotic dogs might be the next best astronauts as they are well-equipped to explore the Moon’s unforgiving terrain, and about a framework for launching swarms of robots into warehouses to get work done better, safer, and more efficiently.

Podcast: Robots Working on the Moon and in Warehouses

The robotic explorer GLIMPSE, created at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, has made it into the final round of a competition for prospecting resources in space. The long-​term goal is for the robot to explore the south polar region of the moon.

Robot dog on the way to the moon

A challenging feat for a little robot: Honey the Astrobee must grasp and transport Bumble the Astrobee. To pull it off, Honey needs to understand Bumble's trajectory, position itself correctly and avoid a collision at all costs.

Mini robots practise grasping space debris

Is there life on Jupiter's moon Europa? An ocean suspected to be under miles of ice gives science hope. But how could it be reached and explored? Researchers at the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center have been investigating this question since 2012 in the Europa Explorer project series.

On an icy mission: DFKI researchers test extraterrestrial under-ice navigation in northern Swedish National Park

EPFL engineering student Lucas Froissart designed an exoskeleton capable of propelling robot explorers into subsurface tunnels on the moon.

Launching robots into lunar caves

A team of researchers from three leading Australian universities proposes an integrated system for producing essential materials on Mars using local resources, paving the way for self-sufficient settlements.

How to Survive on Mars?

Self-reconfiguring ElectroVoxels use embedded electromagnets to test applications for space exploration.

Robotic cubes shapeshift in outer space

The Astrobee free-flying robots, developed in and managed by the NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division, were setup for the second session to test an autonomous rendezvous algorithm and assist the ground team in monitoring Astrobee performance of autonomous robotic rendezvous with a tumbling target.

Astrobee Successfully Demonstrates Rendezvous Between Robotic Craft and Space Debris

A praying mantis for the moon, Mars and meteorites: the mantis-like robot "Mantis" is said to be able to independently explore planets and build an infrastructure with its claws.

The Praying Mantis As A Model - Six-Legged Robot To Build Infrastructure On Celestial Bodies

A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.

MIT engineers test an idea for a new hovering rover

James Webb Space Telescope aims to take us to the unexplored realm of our cosmic origins. From observing the formation of the first stars and galaxies to looking for the possibility of life on other planets, the telescope will play a major role in the future of space exploration.

James Webb Space Telescope Science Instruments Explained

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