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SuperBot and the Vision for Space Exploration ---
enabling flexible and robust space operations.
in the laboratory
in the field
USC/ISI Polymorphic Robotics Lab
A robotic solution for carrying out complex tasks in space and on planetary surfaces, such as assembly, inspection, maintenance, habitat construction, surface landing, and exploration. The traditional approach of building separate robots for separate tasks is no longer adequate for affordable space exploration. We need robots that are:
Modular -- made of standardized plug-in units for easy assembly, repair, and expansion
Multifunctional -- having many uses
Reconfigurable -- the ability to change arrangement or shape on the fly
Flexible and durable, SuperBot technology and design provide near-term use and long-term expandability in our exploration and development of space.
NASA's new CEV and Return to the Moon efforts will benefit from SuperBot technology.
|Results of work by the Hawaii team members, May-October, 2005.|