A recent NASA press release
has brought attention to a small, multi-legged robot being developed at
JPL's Mobility Systems Concept Development section. The tiny robots come
with 4, 6, 8 and more legs. The researcher say up to 50 legs may be
needed in some applications. Eventually, NASA hopes teams of many
autonomous spider bots could chart terrain or Mars or move through
crawlways on the International Space Station to make repairs. The
development work was done by Robert Hogg
and several engineering
Looks pretty much like a rerun of the MIT genghis and attilla robots
from the early 1990s. I think those attilla robots were actually more
sophisticated in their range of behaviors and according to
Brooks "flesh and machines" they were successfully space tested but
rejected by NASA for some tennuous political reason.
Yup. I think NASA still has too many arrogant PHD type people there.
They still seem to hate each other a lot, as exemplified in the
spectacular Mars probe failures a while back. I seriously doubt NASA
learned anything after the MARS failures.
Whoever has the politcal favors of the moment gets the funding.