NASA's Artemis program will eventually need robots to help live off the lunar soil, and it's enlisting help from the public to make those robots viable. The space agency has picked winners from a design challenge that tasked people with improving the bucket drums RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot) will use to dig on the Moon. The victors all had clever designs that should capture lunar regolith with little effort -- important when any long-term presence might depend on bots like this. The winner was a trap from Caleb Clausing that uses a passive door to grab large amounts of soil while remaining dust-tolerant. Others included a simple-yet-effective drum from Michael R, another from Kyle St. Thomas that uses narrow drums, an efficient double-helix design from Stephan Weiβenböck and a model from Clix that uses both gravity and weight to help movement.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is seeking ideas from the public around what kind of scientific equipment they could use to outfit tiny lunar rovers to help with Artemis and other Moon missions. The call, issued via crowdsourcing platform HeroX and called'Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload' in a very contemporary nod to a movie that came out 31 years ago, seeks payloads with maximum dimensions of no more than 4″ x 2″, or "similar in size to a new bar of soap." NASA wants to be able to perform the kind of science that has, in the past, required large launch vehicles, large orbiters and large launch vehicles, but with much greater frequency and at much lower costs than has been possible before. In order to pave the way for long-term lunar human presence and eventual habitation, NASA says it needs "practical and affordable ways to use lunar resources," in order to defray the costs of resupply missions – already an expensive undertaking when just traveling to the International Space Station in Earth's orbit, and astronomically more so when going as far afield as the Moon . The goal is for these to be pretty much immediately available for service, with the hope that they can be shipped out to the Moon over the course of the next one to four years.
Before joining Waymo, Waydo was a longtime engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory, according to her LinkedIn profile. At Waymo, she oversaw systems engineering - the process of ensuring hardware and software work well together - and helped make key decisions about when to remove human safety drivers from the company's test fleet in Arizona, The Information reported.
Nasa will hold a press conference to reveal its latest findings from Mars this week. Few details have leaked about the mysterious new announcement, which will be streamed online from 7pm BST (2pm EDT) on Thursday 7 June. Nasa is staying tight-lipped about what it has discovered on the red planet, but it has confirmed the announcement will feature'new science results from Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover'. Curiosity was sent to Mars in August 2012 to to study its climate and geology as well as investigate whether the planet could sustain life or has liquid water. It is possible the new'science results' from the rover could relate to Martian life.
Updated In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth. Crawford had worked at NASA for 15 years and wrote software for Mars rovers. He left NASA to run engineering for Google Books, and while there he noticed that Elon Musk's SpaceX and other new companies were driving down the cost of building and launching satellites. Orbital Insight's first product looked at images of cornfields all over the world, analyzing the health of plants to predict yields for traders who bet on future price swings.
In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth. Crawford had worked at NASA for 15 years and wrote software for Mars rovers. He left NASA to run engineering for Google Books, and while there he noticed that Elon Musk's SpaceX and other new companies were driving down the cost of building and launching satellites. Crawford saw an opportunity to collect and analyze what he anticipated would be a deluge of images from a surfeit of new satellites that would circle the Earth, taking readings and pictures. Orbital Insight's first product looked at images of cornfields all over the world, analyzing the health of plants to predict yields for traders who bet on future price swings.
These are two examples of how NASA hopes to use artificial intelligence. As far-fetched as the concept sounds, the agency is already using AI in missions on both Earth and Mars. And there are other missions in the works that could see AI exploring icy moons in search of life. This bot-friendly future stands counter to some of the fuss in the press this past week, after Facebook shut down an experiment because two artificially intelligent bots began communicating in a shorthand language instead of English. Many in the media portrayed the bots as coming up with their own language.
NASA's satellite captured a polar vortex sweeping across Canada and the US Images show temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below the average this week It is set to head for the north central and northeastern US December 14 and 15 These areas will experience wind chills ending up in the -10 to -25 degrees F NASA's satellite captured a polar vortex sweeping across Canada and the US A polar vortex is expected to deliver temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below the average this week. These predictions stem from imagery collected by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument attached to NASA's Aqua satellite that measures temperature data in infrared light Juno captures stunning image of one of Jupiter's'pearls':... Uber driverless cars hit the streets of San Francisco:... From flirty pike to mesmerising jellyfish: Stunning images... Now you can go LIVE on Twitter: New Facebook-style video... Juno captures stunning image of one of Jupiter's'pearls':... Uber driverless cars hit the streets of San Francisco:... From flirty pike to mesmerising jellyfish: Stunning images... Now you can go LIVE on Twitter: New Facebook-style video... From December 1 to 11, AIRS has been monitoring the movement of cold air traveling across the US and Canada. The TPV w/ lowest theta-DT on Earth fcast to be over Boston on Friday pic.twitter.com/se5wMzQoiL The north central to the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic are set to experience record low temperatures this week. Experts say the Arctic sea-ice loss is causing the polar vortex to shift and will cause longer winters.
When crowdsourced labor company CrowdFlower recently raised funding from Microsoft, co-founder Lukas Biewald told me his team was focused on technology that allows businesses to supplement algorithms and artificial intelligence with human judgment from crowdsourced labor pools. Now CrowdFlower bringing on more experts to shape the development of that technology. Specifically it's formed a three-person scientific advisory board, made up of Barney Pell (founder/co-founder of startups including Powerset, LocoMobi and Moon Express, who also led an artificial intelligence team at NASA), Anthony Goldbloom (founder and CEO of Kaggle) and Pete Warden (a staff research engineer at Google, where he's the technical lead on the TensorFlow Mobile machine learning project). "With all these different customers and all these different applications, we wanted them to be confident that they're going to get a high-quality algorithm," said Biewald. He's also a friend of mine from college --although we really only talk about CrowdFlower now, which is kinda sad when you think about it.)