NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a world-renowned NASA center that took America into space for the first time and has sent missions to all of the solar system's planets. The JPL today supports a diverse array of programs in planetary and Mars exploration, Earth science, space-based astronomy and technology development. JPL is unique as NASA's only federally funded research and development center, staffed and managed for the space agency by Caltech. In addition to its flight projects, JPL developed and manages the worldwide Deep Space Network, operating communications complexes on three continents that serve as the gateway to missions across the solar system. JPL also supports varied research programs by world-renowned technologists and staff scientists conducting investigations in a broad range of technologies and disciplines.
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2021
11 Oct 2021

Rocks on Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Sustained Interaction with Water

Since the Perseverance rover landed in Jezero crater on Mars in February, the rover and its team of scientists back on Earth have been hard at work exploring the floor of the crater that once held an ancient lake. Perseverance and the Mars 2020 mission are looking for signs of ancient life on Mars and preparing a returnable cache of samples for later analyses on Earth.
8 Sep 2021

Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Perseverance rover has completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received data that confirmed the historic milestone. The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future.
16 Aug 2021

Flexible Material That can Stiffen on Demand

Scientists have developed a new type of 'chain mail' fabric that is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.
11 Aug 2021

$100 Million Gift to Fund Space-based Solar Power Project

Caltech is announcing that Donald Bren, chairman of Irvine Company and a lifetime member of the Caltech Board of Trustees, donated over $100 million to form the Space-based Solar Power Project, which is developing technology capable of generating solar power in space and beaming it back to Earth.
30 Jul 2021

Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals. Where are the robot assistants we were promised?
2020
20 Apr 2020

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

With the launch period of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover opening in 13 weeks, final preparations of the spacecraft continue at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the past week, the assembly, test and launch operations team completed important milestones, fueling the descent stage — also known as the sky crane — and attaching the Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft in history to attempt power-controlled flight on another planet.
6 Jan 2020

Aquatic Rover Goes for a Drive Under the Ice

BRUIE, or the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, is being developed for underwater exploration in extraterrestrial, icy waters by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
2019
26 Dec 2019

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test. A preliminary assessment of its activities found that the rover checked all the necessary boxes as it rolled forward and backward and pirouetted in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next time the Mars 2020 rover drives, it will be rolling over Martian soil.
15 Nov 2019

Strobe

Strobe are developing lidar modules. The company were acquired by Cruise Automation (USA) in 2017.
11 Oct 2019

Lidar 2020-2030: Technologies, Players, Markets & Forecasts

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8 Oct 2019

NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons

Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds.
15 Jul 2019

For climbing robots, the sky's the limit

Robots can drive on the plains and craters of Mars, but what if we could explore cliffs, polar caps and other hard-to-reach places on the Red Planet and beyond?
3 Jul 2019

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover's 7-foot-long robotic arm installed

The main arm includes five electrical motors and five joints. Measuring 2.1 meters long, the arm will allow the rover to work as a human geologist would: by holding and using science tools with its turret, which is essentially its "hand."
30 May 2019

Using AI to land drones smoothly

New system employs a deep neural network to overcome the challenge of ground-effect turbulenc.
17 Jan 2019

Advanced TeleSensors Inc.

IDTechEx spoke to Stephanie Probasco, Director of Marketing, Consumer Products at Advanced TeleSensors Inc.
2018
11 Apr 2018

Next-Generation Power And Sensor Technologies: A New Perspective On Dual Space-Terrestrial Applications

NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory, United States
14 Feb 2018

3-D Printable Tools May Help Study Astronaut Health

If humans are destined for deep space, they need to understand the space environment changes health, including aging and antibiotic resistance.
2017
30 Jun 2017

A robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

Right now, about 500,000 pieces of human-made debris are whizzing around space, orbiting our planet at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour.
7 Apr 2017

NASA tests robotic ice tools

Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter's moon Europa? There's no promising you'll catch anything, but a new set of robotic prototypes could help.
23 Mar 2017

Origami-inspired robot can hitch a ride

The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit.