Little Spiderbots in Space

Derived from soccer playing robots, smart little spiderbots are used to assist astronauts in the zero-gravity zone.

The idea is to spread a large net in space between four satellites in order to harness solar energy. The mini-robots will climb across this mesh to fix photovoltaic cells in place.

Cute in space

Here is a video from the European Space Agency that shows how this tiny bots capture this subtle net with their fine limbs.

The mini robots have several different software levels. The first level is the strategy level which defines the position and role of a robot, telling it to defend the goal for example, while the next level controls the complex motion functions.

Tags: space, outdoor, artificial intelligence
Feb_18:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

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