JPL Roboticist Aaron Parness talks with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, toured a portion of JPL Robotics facilities as part of a visit to the Laboratory. Roboticists Aaron Parness and Brett Kennedy briefed Bolden on their work on multi-limbed mobility and adhesion technology to enable attachment of a robot to surfaces in low gravity. Technologies included fibrillar adhesive gecko-like skins, arrays of microspines, and the Lemur and Robosimian robot prototypes. Applications include: asteroid surface mobility, cliff and cave exploration on the Moon and Mars, International Space Station external inspection, satellite capture, and disaster site operations within the DARPA Robotics Challenge program.