JPL Designing Spiny-Fingered Grippers for Robotic Drilling on Asteroids
NASA JPL's Lemur IIB robot hanging from a microspine anchor. Image: NASA/JPL
We’re no strangers to innovative climbing robot research around here, but we don’t often get to see what happens when some of this technology makes that very difficult jump from laboratory curiosity to potential application. Aaron Parness was at Stanford working on climbing robots like Stickybot and Spinybot, and he’s brought Spinybot’s legacy to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where they’re working on a microspine adhesion system for sticking robot probes to asteroids.