Toyota recently unveiled a presentation called, “Realization of Moon Exploration Using Advanced Robots by 2020.” This is part of the Toyota Partner Robot program. The robots start out by helping us humans on Earth, but then move to the Moon.
While efforts to rescue NASA’s Spirit continue (as reported by us a few days back), NASA has also funded research to design all terrain robots. Inventors finally came up with this simple spool-shaped robot could one day rappel into steep craters on other planets or moons, anchored to another spacecraft by a rope.
According to the Free Spirit blog, NASA has added a second test rover to the project, where scientists are working on a way of freeing the stuck Mars Rover, Spirit. The rover is stuck in soft soil at a site called Troy.