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NASA Interview With Terry Fong: Intelligent Robotics Group
7/2/2013

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Figure 1: The K10 robot is a member of a series of interplanetary rovers.   (Source: NASA IRG)
Figure 1: The K10 robot is a member of a series of interplanetary rovers.
(Source: NASA IRG)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS
Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:12:34 PM
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The K 10 series seem robust enough for most exploration expeditions and if they can actually implement an inductive charging solution the robot will be able to explore vast regions of planetary surfaces far longer than any solar-powered rover. 

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bobjengr   7/5/2013 11:08:15 AM
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 Excellent post Steve.  Good information.  I was unaware of this program and the status of efforts NASA is undertaking with robotic systems. One of the things I find really interesting is the seemingly small "footprint" or wheel base these systems have. I would have expected a much wider "stance" to preclude tipping.  You did mention the systems would steer away from terrain to steep or rocky so as to maintain the upright condition but I wonder if this is always possible.   Again, excellent post.  

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Greg M. Jung   7/2/2013 12:50:20 PM
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Good article on the advancements of intelligent robotic design.   I especially like the design goal of reliable, robust and safe systems.

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