Thu, 03/16/2023

Humans may have gotten us up to space, but we owe many of our stellar successes to robots. From automating menial tasks and supervising repairs to someday conducting emergency surgery, robots have taken on a lot of jobs aboard the International Space Station and other vital spacecraft—and as we...

Wed, 03/15/2023

No single robot can perform all tasks, yet bringing a bunch of different robots along on Moon missions would be quite inefficient. The WORMS setup offers an alternative, in the form of components that can be mixed and matched to make whatever robot is needed. Its name an acronym for "Walking...

Wed, 03/15/2023

MIT engineers have designed a walking lunar robot cleverly inspired by the animal kingdom. The “mix-and-match” system is made of worm-like robotic limbs astronauts could configure into various “species” of robots resembling spiders, elephants, goats and oxen. The team won the Best Paper Award...

Tue, 03/14/2023

When astronauts begin to build a permanent base on the moon, as NASA plans to do in the coming years, they’ll need help. Robots could potentially do the heavy lifting by laying cables, deploying solar panels, erecting communications towers, and building habitats. But if each robot is designed...

Tue, 03/14/2023

We're going to need a lot of robots to handle dangerous tasks once we get to the Moon, and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is proposing a solution: Modular, wheel-free walking robots made from a bunch of reconfigurable parts. 

Tue, 03/14/2023

When we finally get to space, we will need a variety of robots to help us survive. MIT took this idea to the next level by introducing mix-and-match robots that can be assembled into countless configurations useful for different tasks.

The new systems are called WORMS, for the Walking...

Thu, 03/02/2023

MIT's ARTEMIS Steelworks team selected as finalist in NASA's 2023 BIG Idea Challenge.

Mon, 07/11/2022

MIT's award-winning BART and MARGE architecture can reliably produce, store, and distribute 50 tons of rocket propellant per year on the surface of Mars. BART handles all aspects of production, storage, and distribution of propellant, while MARGE provides power for the operation.

Fri, 06/24/2022

Taking home top prize, Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented their concept for a Bipropellant All-in-one In-situ Resource Utilization Truck & Mobile Autonomous Reactor Generating Electricity (BART & MARGE).

Mon, 03/28/2022

NASA has selected fifteen undergraduate and graduate finalist teams to advance to the next phase of the agency’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition and present their concepts to NASA and aerospace industry...