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Presenting Tensegrity Research at NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium

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Today I just presented our ongoing research into a Tensegrity based lander and planetary exploration robot at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium. NIAC is supporting this research and it has been a great conference full of exciting future looking concepts that will change the future of space exploration. This is a great overview of our current work, and my talk starts at 29:15 into the video below.

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  1. David Ferrera says

    Our hero Vytas appears approx. 30:00 in. I understood at least some of the first speaker’s presentation, so there is momentum here… Oh wait! Momentum, what a concept! I’ve not known of anything like this before. Totally fascinating, especially what is possible and how then it can occur in to the built world. Leads to huge, compelling potential for our species survival. Thank you!

  2. Haosen says

    Well, I have to say that this structure is really robust, strong and recoverable. From a bionic perspective, it is like a kind of Mollusca, whose body owns both integrity and distribution in a whole structure. This structure is very ancient and robust so that we can still see them today. But, I must remind you, this structure has also short comings. It is because the integrity functions, the efficiency of the movement is very low and mollusca becomes low form of animals in the evolutionary process. If you have a wheel, the point is not to avoid them, but to take advantage of it. So I suggest that, you can open your mind, take in more efficient components into your current project.


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