NASA Prepares Robots For The Journey To Mars

Posted: Aug 17 2016, 11:49am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Prepares Robots for the Journey to Mars
The Space Robotics Challenge offers a $1 million prize purse for teams that successfully program a virtual Robonaut 5 robot through a series of complex tasks in a simulated Mars habitat. Credits: NASA
  • NASA to Prime Robots for Future Space Voyages to the Red Planet

NASA is to prime robots as part of its Space Robotics Challenge for future space voyages to the Red Planet.

NASA, in league with several other agencies, is setting up a registration program for a novel type of competition. This is called the Space Robotics Challenge.

The capacity of humanoid robots to assist in the future rendezvous with Mars will be tested via this scheme. It is basically a competition worth $1 million. The ultimate goal is to break on through to the other side of robotic agility. This is where artificial intelligence goes viral.

The participating teams must be able to program a virtual robot that imitates NASA’s R5 robot in order to complete many tasks in a simulation. Any communications delays will also be taken into account in preparation for the hypothetical future Mars journey.

Some degree of dexterity has already been achieved thanks to hydraulics in the field of robotics. The frigid conditions of other planets in space prohibits the usage of the current robots.

The dangerous and extreme weather conditions on other worlds dictate this much that the robots which get made will have to be resilient.

Built with precision and acumen, these robots could come in handy in space voyages and ground missions for Mars. All sorts of risky tasks and complex procedures will be undertaken by these hardy robots.

NASA and its sister agencies have full confidence in the abilities of the public to respond with avidity and alacrity to this challenge. The future beckons the world’s most intelligent techies to make such robots that almost approach the qualities of human beings in their level of complexity.

Among the tasks that participants in the competition will undertake are: arranging a communications dish, reworking a solar panel and repairing a leak that leads into the external hostile environment.

The registration process for this exciting and exhilarating competition begins from today. From September to November, the rounds of the competitive event will be held.

The results of this will be revealed in December of this year. Finally, from January to June of the next year, the radical demos will take place. Winners will emerge from the rubble of also-rans and rule the roost towards the end of June 2017.

The precious software that will get created through this competition will be used across the board in other robotic systems.

The future missions to Mars will involve: the selection of landing areas, habitat choice, life support setups and communications odds and ends not to mention solar pieces of equipment.

What better method of achieving this instrumentality than using the most advanced futuristic robots on the face of the planet.

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