Monday, August 04, 2008

Vector Rover

12-TET Rover

This is wild.

Meet the 12-TET Rover. What The New York Times once described as a “shape-changing jungle gym” is, in fact, one of NASA's future extraterrestrial explorers, designed to carry out its mission without much guidance from earth-bound ground controllers. This autonomy is enabled, in part, by its skeletal frame — 26 extendable metal rods forming 12 tetrahedrons, hence the name — which allows the rover to “reconfigure itself into almost any shape” and thus adapt to terrains and situations that scientists have not foreseen...

Read on at Pruned + more pictures

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