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Transformers for Extreme Environments

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Transformers are shape-changing robotic systems embodied in thin-layer surfaces that can remotely project/control a favorable micro-environment around an exploration area of interest within an extreme environment. For example, placed on the sunny rim of a permanently-shadowed crater, or at the entrance to a cave, Transformers could reflect sunlight powering the solar panels and warming the body of a rover exploring the bottom of the crater of depths of a cave.

Completion Date:  06/30/2014

Point of Contact:  Adrian Stoica - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sponsored by:  NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC)

Additional Information:  http://www.nasa.gov/content/transformers-for-extreme-environments


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