Robotics/ Security


NASA, Department of Defense, Exponent

The need for robots in space compliments the need for robots here on Earth. In the new Surface Mobility Systems project, NASA and the U.S. Army are figuring out together how best to integrate and coordinate humans and robots to do some of the hardest jobs anywhere. MARCbot (Multi-function Agile Remote Control Robot), a tele-operated reconnaissance robot specifically developed to identify IEDs from a safe distance, is the base platform for the joint work. Where now one MARCbot works in tandem with its operator, in the future one person will oversee a fleet of semi-automous robots in order to gain complete situational awareness. That’s valuable whether the landscape is lunar or on a battlefield.