20 Oct 2022
Beaming Clean Energy From Space
Once considered science fiction, technology capable of collecting solar power in space and beaming it to Earth to provide a global supply of clean and affordable energy is moving closer to reality. Through the Space-based Solar Power Project, a team of researchers is working to deploy a constellation of modular spacecraft that collect sunlight, transform it into electricity, then wirelessly transmit that electricity wherever it is needed—including to places that currently have no access to reliable power.
4 Jul 2022
Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Life on Distant Worlds
Someday, a swarm of cellphone-size robots could whisk through the water beneath the miles-thick icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus, looking for signs of alien life. Packed inside a narrow ice-melting probe that would tunnel through the frozen crust, the tiny robots would be released underwater, swimming far from their mothercraft to take the measure of a new world.
24 Mar 2022
Cosmic Milestone: NASA Confirms 5,000 Exoplanets
The count of confirmed exoplanets just ticked past the 5,000 mark, representing a 30-year journey of discovery led by NASA space telescopes.
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?
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.
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 are developing lidar modules. The company were acquired by Cruise Automation (USA) in 2017.
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.