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GROUP: Robotic Climbers and Grippers (347M)
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The Robotic Climbers and Grippers Group produces novel mechanisms and integrated robotic systems that interact with a wide range of environments. Designing for both highly structured and chaotic natural surfaces, and for locations ranging from asteroids and icy moons to Earth-orbiting satellites to cities, factories, and war-zones, our group employs iterative design principles to rapidly prototype, mature, and infuse systems for both NASA and non-NASA projects. We regularly collaborate with scientists, universities, companies, and other NASA centers. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Mobility on rock, ice, and other natural terrains, including vertical and inverted surfaces.
  • Autonomous climbing systems.
  • Microgravity anchoring and mobility.
  • Bioinspired adhesives, grippers, and robots.
  • Field testing in Earth’s extreme terrain.
  • Rapid prototyping techniques and equipment.

People in This Group
Aaron Parness - Group Supervisor
Spencer Backus
Jesse Grimes-York
Jay Jasper
Arash Kalantari
John Mayo
Gareth Meirion-Griffith - Group Leader
David Newill-Smith
Donald Ruffatto
Ethan Schaler
Russell Smith


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