NASA Needs You! – Space Robotics Challenge

By: Erika Ashley

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NASA has just announced a phenomenal opportunity to the general public seeking any and all engineers to apply to their new competition – The Space Robotics Challenge. This competition will aid in the development of capabilities for humanoid robots that will help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

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NASA Space Robotics Challenge Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, has opened registration for a new competition today!

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NASA’s site states:

The Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million prize competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity. Teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5 (R5) robot, to complete a series of tasks in a simulation that includes periods of latency to represent communications delay from Earth to Mars.

Though some dexterity has been developed for Earth-based robotics systems using hydraulics, such robots cannot be used in space because of the below-freezing temperatures and the harsh environment of planetary surfaces. The R5 uses elastics technology instead of hydraulics – an innovative way of addressing the problems of operating in space. This technology could also benefit humankind on Earth, as they could operate under dangerous or extreme environments on our home planet.”

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I hope that more female engineers apply and kick ass and I can’t wait to see what comes of this program.

Read more about the program and competition at –  https://www.nasa.gov/spacebot/

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