News Articles with Category: Space

Exploring Alien Oceans with AUVs

October 17, 2016 - via Marine technology Reporter The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) launched the Europa-Explorer project in December 2012 – a pilot survey for future missions to Europa.

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'Roboeel' could explore the alien oceans of the Solar System

May 11, 2015 - via NASA "Roboeel" is designed to get around the issue by using magnetic fields, and not the Sun, as its power source. The underwater rover would use its "tentacle-like" appendages as electrodynamic tethers to capture energy from shifting magnetic fields on Europa

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NASA Funds Electricity-Harvesting Robotic Space Eel With Explosive Jet Thrusters and Electroluminescent Skin

May 11, 2015 - via NASA What the Cornell University researchers are instead suggesting is a method of harvesting energy from the powerful magnetic fields that are created by, and around, Jupiter. The idea is that these dynamic magnetic fields will generate flux throughout the conductive water column in Europa’s oceans, and that by extending an electrodynamic tether out some distance (likely a few meters) from the robot, you could harvest enough electricity to power all of the robot’s systems.

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NASA releases details of Titan submarine concept

February 10, 2015 - via NASA Now that NASA has got the hang of planetary rovers, the space agency is looking at sending submarines into space around the year 2040. At the recent 2015 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium in Cocoa Beach, Florida, NASA scientists and engineers presented a study of the Titan Submarine Phase I Conceptual Design, which outlines a possible mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, where the unmanned submersible would explore the seas of liquid hydrocarbons at the Titanian poles.

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Design of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to Calibrate the Europa Clipper Ice-Penetrating Radar

January 15, 2015 - via Stone Aerospace The ARTEMIS vehicle - a heavily morphed long-range, low drag variant of the highly successful 4-degree-of-freedom hovering sub-ice ENDURANCE bot -- will be deployed from a sea-ice drill hole adjacent the McMurdo Ice Shelf (MIS)

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Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken

September 8, 2014 - via NASA GRC The mission concept we propose to study will investigate a full spectrum of oceanographic phenomena: chemical composition of the liquid, surface and subsurface currents, mixing and layering in the “water” column, tides, wind and waves, bathymetry, and bottom features and composition. Measurements of all these aspects of Titan’s hydrocarbon ocean environment can only be made through focused in situ exploration with a well-instrumented craft.

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A Drone and Submarine Could Someday Explore Saturn’s Liquid-Covered Moon

June 5, 2014 - via NASA Plan from Glenn Research Center would send a submarine to explore the depths of the lakes at the north pole. Specifically, it would dive below the surface of Titan’s largest lake: Kraken Mare, which is more than 600 miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep.

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Jupiter's moon Europa: Send a submarine to explore it?

August 3, 2013 - via Space.com Jupiter's moon Europa is a icy shell with an underground ocean. The new movie 'Europa Report' is based on real science, and NASA ideas about how to explore Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

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TALISE aquatic rover may explore a lake on Titan

September 27, 2012 - via Europlanet The probe, which is still in the concept stage, is known as TALISE – that stands for Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer

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Robots could swim in alien seas

April 24, 2012 - via Discovery News The robot, a 10-inch-wide, six-foot-long cylinder called VALKYRIE, would melt the ice ahead of it and leave the power plant on the surface.

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Cryobots Could Drill Into Icy Moons With Remote Fiber-Optic Laser Power

April 19, 2012 - via Wired Future extraterrestrial rovers may be powered remotely by high-energy laser beams shot through miles of thin fiber-optic cables. This new technology could allow robotic probes to penetrate thick layers of ice to explore Antarctic lakes or the subterranean oceans on icy moons like Europa or Enceladus, and even power a new kind of rocket into space.

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Deep-diving robot finds microbial zoo in sinkhole

August 5, 2010 - via MSNBC Down where the sun can't reach, a robot finds amazing microbial diversity

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