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New robot bounces, could replace rovers on NASA missions

Martyn Williams | April 16, 2015
Researchers eye unique robots for missions a decade and more into the future.

"My fantasy, I don't know if it ever will be done, is you actually send two of these. One of them you have controlled by NASA operations, the other one you just have it controlled on the Internet. You have people tell it where to do and since it's structurally robust, people can make mistakes and give it bad commands but it should survive that. I'd like to see the return on the Internet scientists versus the NASA scientists."

There is still a lot of research that remains to be done in this project. NASA estimates it's at least a decade away from making it onto a mission.

 

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