2D Robot Landers Could Be The Future Of Space Exploration

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We are continually impressed with NASA’s endeavors to improve the way we explore space.  One theory on future spacecraft is to make them smaller, which leads to a lower cost for transportation.

 

One of NASA’s futuristic projects would involve replacing rovers all together in flat sheets that would be dropped from high in the sky.  These blanket-esque devices would float down like magic carpets and gracefully touch down on the surface.  These flat robots could be equipped with a host of electronics that might include cameras, sensors, and even small feet to move around.

 

One of the main advantages of a device like this would allow them to be spread over a large area, and also offer better chances of collecting data.  If perhaps one or several of these landers weren’t to survive the voyage, it wouldn’t’ be a complete loss, as there are plenty of others still capturing data.

 

These two- dimensional space explorers will be about 3- feet by 3-feet and arrive at another moon or planet via another ship.  There has been a grant awarded for this project, and DARPA has even helped.  There isn’t a fixed date for when we’ll see these 2D explorers, but we think it probably won’t be that far away.

 

Learn more at Space.com