It's Life Jim, but Not as We Know It: The Prospects of Life in Titan's Seas
- Science & Technology
- SETI Institute, Mountain View CA
Refactoring Space Exploration with Soft Machines
Speaker: Vytas SunSprial (NASA Ames/Stinger Ghaffrian)
Abstract: To understand how we control motion, we need to understand the physical mechanism being moved. Emerging theories of vertebrate physiology are overturning the traditional bone-centric model of the body in favor of a "tensegrity" model, in which the primary load paths are in the continuous tension network of the soft tissues. In this talk, I will discuss research and development at NASA Ames into dynamic tensegrity robots and how these "soft machines" may be controlled through biologically inspired methods. Along the way, I will talk about how the unique properties of tensegrity robots may enable new methods of planetary landing and exploration.
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