Robotics, Automation & Control

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Experimental Confirmation of an Aquatic Swimming Motion Theoretically of Very Low Drag and High Efficiency

It has been established theoretically that self-propulsion of deformable bodies in ideal fluid can occur with a careful specification of the...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Identifying the Flow Physics and Modeling Transient Forces on Two-Dimensional Wings

The main objective of this research was to better understand the flow physics of aircraft wings undergoing highly unsteady maneuvers. Reduced-order models play a...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Heading Versus Tilt Chart for Assessing HGA Occlusion and Flop Risk in MSL Operations

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) high-gain antenna (HGA) sits low on the deck, leaving the sky occluded in many directions by other parts of the rover. Each...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rapid Forest Triage by Sub-Canopy Micro Air Vehicles

Today, tree distribution maps can only be generated manually in a very time-consuming process, and real-time microclimate mapping of a large 3D volume under tree canopy is not possible. A...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Surgical Devices, Systems, and Related Methods

These robots are designed to perform surgical procedures in a dexterous workspace.

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Various advancements have...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ship Classification Using Gnostic Fields

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

There are many applications for Autonomous Seaborne Vessels (ASVs). The seaborne cargo shipping industry moves over 9 billion tons of cargo...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RoboSimian Software System from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

A software architecture to allow semi-autonomous mobile manipulation of highly dexterous robots under degraded communications was developed to enable remote operation of a mobile...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicle Flight Using Optical Flow and Inertial Cues

Full information provided by optical flow and inertial readings is used to achieve a complete vehicle state estimation.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Universal Robotically Operated Leave-Behind Gripper

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

This universal robotically operated leavebehind gripper allows robotic (or extravehicular activity — EVA) attachment capability of any...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Neutrally Buoyant Tank Inspection and Cleaning Robot

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Huge savings in cost and inspection times (as well as improved safety) could be obtained by performing in-service inspection of...

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