NASA : Life at the Lab – Soft Robots the Future of Space Exploration

Soft Robots Actuators

In Langley’s makerspace lab, Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick are developing a series of soft #robots actuators. “What we’re investigating is the viability of soft #robotics in #space exploration and assembly,” said Sullivan.
While the word ‘robot’ conjures images of metal arms and gears, soft robotic actuators are bioinspired, looking at the way nature works to create new robot movements. By being constructed from highly flexible materials, soft robots are able to move similarly to living organisms, allowing new ranges of motion that traditional robots simply can’t have. Space applications of these actuators can expand the role of robots in exploration and assembly.
Date Created : Sep 17, 2019
Credit to : #NASA