JPL completes mockup of Spirit, to test extraction procedures

NASA/JPL released a cool picture today, showing their engineering rover embedded in sand with a rock underneath. This is as accurate an emulation of the Spirit rover's situation as possible. The mockup will be used for designing and testing procedures for getting Spirit unstuck and moving again (or for determining that it can't be).NOTE: I'm not able to upload images for attachment to this topic (see my bug report). If that gets fixed some time soon, I'll update this.

Topic by kelseymh 9 years ago


NASA/JPL SAY THEY CAN NOW REACH PLUTO FASTER BECAUSE ? Answered

Listening to a Science Friday discussion of Pluto's 150 mile deep ocean, there was an offhand mention that we can now get a probe there faster because of some astrophysics technology. Pluto is now considered a miniature planet. Anybody know what this relatively new space probe speed travel technology is ?

Question by iceng 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Watch engineers build a Mars rover!

This is super-cool. NASA's JPL has set up live streaming video from inside the clean room where they're building the Curiosity rover, formerly known as the Mars Science Laboratory. Work is from 8am-11pm PDT Monday through Friday. I found this on Saturday morning and I've been waiting all weekend for those slacker engineers to get to work so this would be worth posting. Some comparison: The old Sojourner rover from 1997 was the size of a largeish R/C car. The Mars Exploration Rovers from 2004 that are still running (!) are the size of golf carts. This thing's the size of a Mini Cooper, and has a proportionally larger load of sciencey stuff packed on. Instructables doesn't allow you to embed Ustream into Forum topics, so you'll have to go to Ustream to watch: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl Via Bad Astronomy Blog, image from MSL website

Topic by CameronSS 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I reprogram a non reprogrammable fan?

I just got one of those light up fans that display letters while they spin, and it says on the box that it was programmable, but it seems it was only programmable by the person assembling it, because there is no way to change the letters that I can see. I was just wondering if anyone knew how to open it up and reprogram what it says.

Topic by martzsam 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Robot Film Festival

I came across this on Notcot: July 16-17, 2011 || New York City Tickets are now on sale. Thank you for the 70+ outstanding, dazzling, hilarious and thought-provoking short film submissions! (See teasers here.) A two day celebration of robots on film, Saturday's events will open with a screening of Spike Jonze's "I'm Here," juried screenings and live performances by human and digital entertainers. In the evening, the official awards ceremony of the Robot Film Festival, the "Botskers," will honor the winners in a black tie, red carpet gala. Sunday will include workshops, screenings, and an evening BBQ. The Robot Film Festival was founded by Heather Knight* of Marilyn Monrobot to inject a sense of playfulness into traditional science and engineering and explore frontiers before technically feasible. Get ready to investigate humanity, machinery and the larger symbolisms within. Don't forget your party shoes! (or wheels!) Obviously I won't be able to go, but maybe readers in the area could pop along and report back.  Maybe take some Instructables stickers to hand around... *Cool link - Heather Knight worked on the Rube Goldberg machine for OK GO's video of This Too Shall Pass, and works for JPL!

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago