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drone racevideo

Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes -- but humans won't be the only competitors for long.Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
drought

Engineers Model the California Reservoir Network

For the first time, engineers at Caltech have developed an empirical statewide model of the California reservoir network. The model was built from data...
autonomous systems

Caltech Launches New Autonomous Systems Research Center

On October 24, Caltech will officially open the new Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST), a 10,000-square-foot facility where machines and researchers will...
space communication

“Lighten Up” – Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.The Deep Space Optical...
robots

A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

How do you get a robot to recognize a surprise?That's a question artificial intelligence researchers are mulling, especially as A.I. begins to change space...
tsunami

Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection

A team of scientists from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a new approach to...
Origami-inspired Robotvideo

Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion...
Broadband

Lasers Could Give Space Research its ‘Broadband’ Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.The vast distances involved will throttle data rates to a trickle....
tracking technology

New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety

In 1999, six career firefighters lost their lives responding to a five-alarm fire. They were part of a group of 73 dispatched to a...
Navigation Sensor

Laser-based Navigation Sensor Could Be Standard for Planetary Landing Missions

A laser-guided navigation sensor that could help future rovers make safe, precise landings on Mars or destinations beyond will soon undergo testing in California’s...
Metallic Glass

Metallic Glass Gears Make for Graceful Robots

Throw a baseball, and you might say it's all in the wrist.For robots, it's all in the gears.Gears are essential for precision robotics. They...
Robot

Modular Space Telescope Could Be Assembled By Robot

For example, NASA's Kepler space observatory, with a mirror diameter of under one meter, is searching for exoplanets orbiting stars up to 3,000 light-years...
biodetection

LLNL biodetection system bound for space

A biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists that has found more than a dozen applications soon will be used...
Greenland’s glaciers

UCI and JPL find melting of Greenland’s glaciers worse than previously...

New seafloor mapping techniques help scientists identify high-risk areas
Mars Satellite

NASA Seeks Industry Ideas for an Advanced Mars Satellite

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced...
Solar Electric Propulsion

NASA Works to Improve Solar Electric Propulsion for Deep Space Exploration

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Washington, to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's...
solar

Will Orbiting Flying Carpets Light the World?

Imagine a rocket emerging from Earth’s atmosphere. Its nose cone opens and out comes a flying carpet.It had been folded and rolled into a...
Two-Dimensional Spacecraft

NASA Invests in Two-Dimensional Spacecraft, Reprogrammable Microorganisms

NASA has selected 13 proposals through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.Among...
GRACE

Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage...
rover

A team of engineers builds a cube-like rover

Your best guess is that the landscape is as inhospitable as it gets: an irregular range of sharp boulders and loose rubble piles strewn...