Snake Robot Mars

Snakes are sneaky creatures that can be found all over the world, whether it be the freezing Arctic to the planet’s arid deserts. Scientists from the SINTEF research institute in Trondheim, Norway are now studying how snake robots could be used to gather samples from hard to access places on the red planet. One scientist says: “Since the rover has a powerful energy source, it can provide the snake robot with power through a cable extending between the rover and the robot. If the robot had to use its own batteries, it would run out of power and we would lose it. One option is to make the robot into one of the vehicle’s arms, with the ability to disconnect and reconnect itself, so that it can be lowered to the ground, where it can crawl about independently.” Continue reading for more.

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