NASA begins development of self-healing spacesuits and vehicles that harvest energy from the atmosphere of Venus

Introducing Artemis Generation Spacesuits

Under the program «Innovative cutting-edge concepts» NASA has allocated up to $ 0.5 million to develop each of 18 revolutionary technology projects that will contribute to the exploration and exploration of space.

At first glance, the funded ideas look like excerpts from the plots of fantasy stories..

One of the projects involves the creation of a research mission descending to the surface of Venus. However, this is not an ordinary rover as it consists of two robotic devices. While the lander is conducting research, the second floats in the atmosphere, collecting energy, and then descends and distantly transmits it to a ground colleague. Such a concept will create a permanent source of energy for planetary missions and ensure long-term equipment operation..

Another project envisages development of a new type of spacesuit that will increase dexterity astronauts. It will be made of self-healing protective material, equipped with a host of sensors and soft robotics technologies. It would also solve the problem of the suitability and size of the spacesuits..

NASA begins development of self-healing spacesuits and vehicles that harvest energy from the atmosphere of Venus

Another interesting concept is based on the biology of spiders, which release cobwebs to catch the flow of wind. The project envisages the creation of tiny probes, weighing only 5 mg, which will work in large groups and can soar in the air of the studied planets. This will allow scientists to collect more data, as well as to better understand what the space bodies under study are made of and how..

Other projects include the creation of outposts on the moon, neutrino detectors, light sails and nuclear probes for deep space exploration..

Recently NASA also announced the successful completion of the tests helicopter, which in 2021 will start fly on the surface of Mars.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: topoboi

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