NASA eyes soft robots for dirty jobs on the moon and Mars

CNET | 5/7/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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This early version of a soft robot has a lot of potential as a space explorer.

The future of robots in space might not look much like R2-D2, Wall-E and Robby. They may look more like giant squishy worms.

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NASA Langley Research Center interns Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick are developing soft robot designs that could one day handle "dangerous, dirty or dull" tasks in space, on the moon and even on Mars.

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These robots don't have the sharp angles and hard surfaces of most sci-fi robots. The researchers are building robotic actuators with soft silicone exteriors that can bend, flex and expand.

"When you actuate the soft robot, it changes how you use the material properties," Fitzpatrick said. "A piece of rubber going from flat to the shape...
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