Free Public Talk
October 5, 2016
Asteroid Anchors, Rock Climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers, and Other Ways to Stick in Space

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology
presents

a FREE public talk by

Dr. Aaron Parness
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Asteroid Anchors, Rock Climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers, and Other Ways to Stick in Space

20161005_parness_asteroid_anchorsThe ability to rove the surface of Mars has revolutionized NASA planetary missions. With more advanced mobility, new targets like cliff faces, cave ceilings, and the surfaces of asteroids and comets could be explored. This talk will present the work of JPL’s Robotic Rapid Prototyping Lab. This includes grippers for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which plans to extract a 15-ton boulder from the surface and alter the asteroid’s orbit, a method that could prevent future impacts to the Earth. The talk will also 20161005_parnesspresent gecko inspired adhesives currently being tested on the International Space Station, miniaturized robots that can drive across surfaces in zero gravity, and rock climbing robots traversing giant lava tubes in New Mexico. We will discuss not only the projects, but the new tools and techniques (3D printers, computer-aided-design software, miniature electronics) that allow us to build and iterate robots more quickly than ever before.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
5:00 PM
ETLC Solarium
University of Alberta

This talk, celebrating World Space Week October 4-10, 2016, is brought to you by the Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology.