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Weapon Wednesday – Textron’s Grizzly Pack-bot

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TEXTRON SYSTEMS

The modern solider is overburdened, so defense researchers have been trying to invent new ways to lighten the load, such as wearable exoskeletons that shoulder some of the weight. Now, here comes the latest possible solution, a tracked robot designed to operate with Army ground forces, carrying important, heavy gear. read more

Throw a DART at It

There’s an Asteroid on a collision course with. Isn’t there always? So what do we do?

Claire Reilly takes a look at NASA’s mission to gently bump those killer asteroids off course and (hopefully) save humankind, using NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, or DART. read more

Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans

The PIMA Air & Space museum is a dream destination for aviation fans(Credit:4theriders.com/New Atlas)

Arizona is home to some fascinating attractions, including the Biosphere 2, the Titan II missile museum, and the outstanding Pima Air and Space Museum, which we’re featuring in this spectacular photo tour. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Marines New Plywood Supply Drone

LG-1K, developed by Logistic Gliders Inc under contract with DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is meant to be a very low-cost drone capable of being released from fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. The plywood and aluminum drone is 10.4 feet long with a 23=foot wingspan. The LG-1K can carry up to 700 lb.s of supplies. It’s now flown twelve missions demonstrating its ability to glide—in some cases autonomously—to a landing zone with GPS precision.

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2020 Mars Lander Gets a Name

The ExoMars 2020 lander, shown here being packed for shipment, has been officially named

The ExoMars 2020 lander, shown here being packed for shipment, has been officially named(Credit: ESA)

The landing craft that will deliver Europe’s first rover to the planet Mars has arrived for assembly and testing in Turin, Italy and has been officially named. read more

The Nathalie Electric Supercar

The Nathalie electric supercar uses a methanol fuel cell as a range extender

The Nathalie electric supercar uses a methanol fuel cell as a range extender(Credit: Roland Gumpert)

Roland Gumpert, of Audi Quattro and Apollo fame, has put forth a supercar that solves the problem of limited electric range and slow charging. The 800-horsepower, all wheel drive Nathalie uses a cheaply refuellable methanol fuel cell to charge its batteries as you drive. read more

MIT’s Fly Trap Gripper

The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected...
The Magic Ball gripper consists of a skeleton made from cone-shaped origami structure that is connected to a vacuum device and wrapped in an airtight skin(Credit: MIT (CSAIL))

From green blobs to hydrogel fish to boa constrictors, scientists have taken inspiration from some interesting sources in pursuit of robotic arms that can lift heavy items, but do so with a delicate touch. The latest solution from MIT resembles a Venus flytrap in the way it snatches up objects many times its own weight, and its creators hope it can open up some exciting possibilities for robotic assistants that can handle all kinds of objects. read more

Tokyo Olympics to Unveil Robot Helpers

Toyota's Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed...
Toyota’s Human Support Robots and Delivery Assist Robots are the first robot helpers to be confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games(Credit: Tokyo 2020)

The Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – that last month confirmed that Games winners would receive medals made using recycled electronic waste – has revealed the first Tokyo 2020 Robot Project helpers, which will assist spectators in wheelchairs to ensure they have “an experience they are unlikely to forget.” read more