SuperBots taking the form of a four-legged robot.
seismic network with geophones, working autonomously
while the astronauts are not present or are taking their
sleep shifts. A minimal number of unique components (the
scoop for the trenching arm, the geophones, and cameras
that work in conjunction with the seismic reporting activities)
are necessary to turn one SuperBot robot into another.
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This is a handheld PC used for remote control
of the SuperBots.
The MULE (in its default configuration) would be
a transport with additional SuperBot modules and
attachments for the other configurations. The MULE would
travel the surface with astronauts to dig sites. According to
the report, exploration at sites would include deep drilling
to excise and record multi-layers of the subsurface.
In addition, the MULE could transport oxygen tanks,
food, and water; engage in rescue missions when the
astronauts are in inextricable circumstances; and construct
itself into radiation-shielded sheltering.
For trenching missions, arm length and dig depth
would be dependent on the number of modules that add
themselves to the arm to increase its length. SV
SuperBots at ISI
SuperBot News Video and Demo Movies
The ISI Polymorphic Robotics Lab
Other ISI Research Divisions
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
Ames Research Center