Meet ATHLETE, NASA's Next Robot Moon Walker

To build and supply a lunar base, astronauts will need heavy-duty space trucks for transporting gear. There's just one problem: no roads. That's why NASA engineers designed the rover they call ATHLETE (All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer)-to handle any terrain, whether dusty, rocky, or crater-y. » 1/23/13 12:40pm 1/23/13 12:40pm

Moonstream Rover Could Finally Make Yuppies Happy On Mars

The puny Phoenix lander might be dominating the news right now, but in a few (dozen) years, we might be enjoying the Red Planet from a much more suburban perspective. A young designer has adapted one of man's greatest achievements - the S.U.V. - to the Martian landscape. By scaling up the spidery walking legs of … » 6/04/08 9:30pm 6/04/08 9:30pm

NASA's ATHLETE Hex-Legged Lunar Robots Now Work in Pairs

We've shown you NASA's neat ATHLETE robots before and it looks like the little hexapod machines have been getting more sophisticated. This vid of two ATHLETEs collaborating to lift a heavy habitat load onto the ground sent faint Matrix-esque shivers down my spine. NASA is taking development of the robots seriously,… » 4/04/08 5:00pm 4/04/08 5:00pm

One of These Days, ATHLETE... Bang! Zoom! Straight to the Moon (Video)

ATHLETE, NASA's "All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer," was designed for lunar cargo hauling with expertise in hernia-free crouch and lift. A pair of cameras mounted on each of its six sides provide full stereoscopic panoramic view of the lunar surface. The small wheels are used on hard terrain, but they… » 11/07/07 10:35am 11/07/07 10:35am