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TouchTomorrow Festival at WPI Set for June 11

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will again transform its Worcester, Massachusetts campus into a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge. TouchTomorrow is a free and interactive once-day festival celebrating space, science, technology and robots.

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NASA, WPI Partner for $1.5M Sample Return Robot Challenge

2016 will be the fifth year in a row that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and NASA will team up in pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and for planet Earth. Registrations are now being accepted for the $1.5 million 2016 Sample Return Robot (SRR) Challenge.

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Flirtey, First FAA-Approved Urban Drone Delivery

On March 10, 2016, Australian startup Flirtey made the first FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the US, beating Amazon in the delivery drone race.

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Developing New Standards of Drone Operations

A test pilot operates a virtual large unmanned aircraft system, or UAS, with simulated air traffic at a NASA research ground control station. The pilot uses the main traffic display for situational awareness. When detect-and-avoid systems notify the pilot that other traffic is too close, he uses a command and control interface to maneuver the aircraft into a safer trajectory. The pilot is connected with a communication head-set where he interacts with air traffic control similar to present-day operations. (Photo credit: NASA)

At a recent meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center, members of a special committee called the RTCA worked on minimum operational performance standards for large unmanned aircraft systems. The RTCA is a public-private partnership that provides the Federal Aviation Administration comprehensive, industry-vetted recommendations about critical aviation …

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Robot to Land on Asteroid, Then Send a Boulder Spinning Around the Moon

Microspine grippers on the end of the robotics arms will be used to grab the boulder. (Photo credit: NASA.)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working on a robot that will land on a near-Earth asteroid, find a boulder, and carefully set it into a stable orbit around the moon. Once there, astronauts on-board the Orion spacecraft will examine the boulder and extract samples for …

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Underdog Wins Innovation Award at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

This excavation robot has rotating scoops that gather the regolith and dump it on to other robots for transport. (Photo credit: JBU Eaglenauts.)

More than 45 teams competed in the Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition last week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The competition pitted student teams against each other, with each designing a robot intended to cross simulated Martian terrain, excavate a rocky material known …

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New Robot Helps NASA Build Lighter, Stronger Parts

Brian Stewart, system's integration manager at NASA, poses with ISAAC's rotating head. Photo courtesy of NASA/David C. Bowman.

A new robot at NASA will help the space agency develop stronger, lighter materials for aerospace vehicles. The multi-million dollar robot, called the Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites (ISAAC), is one of only three worldwide. “It changes how we look at composites,” saysBrian Stewart, integration …

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Robonaut To Play Important Role Beyond Low Earth Orbit

Robonaut To Play Important Role Beyond Low Earth Orbit

Developed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA’s Robonaut is a sophisticated humanoid work assistant that, in its initial incarnation, may be teleoperated by astronauts in orbit or by ground controllers. In the photo, astronaut Nancy J. Currie

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Carnegie Mellon Building Robot For Lunar Prospecting

Carnegie Mellon Building Robot For Lunar Prospecting

Researchers in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science are building a robotic prospector for NASA. Called “Scarab,” this fourwheeled concept robot will demonstrate technologies that a lunar rover will need

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