Tag Archives: JPL

RoboSimian Robot


RoboSimian, a four-limbed disaster response robot under development at JPL, is ready to compete in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge on June 5-6, 2015. You go buddy!

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Beam Video from Space


The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will beam video via laser from the International Space Station back to Earth. Here is animation showing how the technology works, with an explanation from the OPALS mission manager, Matt Abrahamson of JPL, plus the video NASA slated for OPALS’ first official transmission

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How to test a parachute: The NASA way


The road to Mars is getting hotter and hotter over the years. The only possible way, for now, in order to loose the enormous amount of kinetic energy and to land safely on the surface or the red planet is to use a parachute. Well, they are making the use of a set of thrusters but this is just before the final step. The problem is that the spacecrafts are constantly getting larger and heavier and the parachute should follow this trend as well. And by getting larger the common testing techniques are getting obsolete! So, NASA figure out a new testing method! To find out more… watch the video!

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JPL Guidance Algorithm


“NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tested its G-FOLD divert algorithm experimental landing system at the Mohave Air & Space Port in Mojave, Calif. G-FOLD, which stands for Fuel Optimal Large Divert Guidance Algorithm, enables a rocket to select an alternate landing site, autonomously. The test was performed aboard a Masten Xombie rocket. This effort was performed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with participation from the University of Texas at Austin, Masten Space Systems, Inc. and NASA’s Flight Opportunity Program, which is managed by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center”

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One Year on Mars


I remember the day like it was yesterday, when I woke up early in the morning (at least at my time zone) to watch live (yes, it was the regular suspect: Ustream) the landing of Curiosity rover at the surface of Mars! A year has passed and now Jet Propulsion Laboratory remembers the best moments of the story so far! It is a remarkable achievement! Hope, for more projects like this one! And remember… all of those are just the first small pieces of the puzzle for putting our footprints to Mars

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Latest Curiosity image


After a series of photos taken from NASAs Curiosity and the assemble procedure here in Earth we have this vivid self-portrait of the rover. And the backdrop… a martian mountain!

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Is Mars Red Hot?


Yet another JPL educational time directly from Pasadena – California! This time the 60 second video, talks about the temperatures on Mars and the differences between our own planet. So, what would it feel like if you could stand on Mars… toasty warm, or downright chilly? The answer may surprise you!

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