NASA boffins said today they've built and tested a small and relatively simple robot that can rappel down cliffs, traverse steep terrain, and tarry about in inhospitable craters other rovers would fear to tread. The robo prototype, called Axel, was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and students at the California Institute …
Remember making "Moonmobiles" using only an empty bobbin, a bit of old candle, a stick and a "laggy band".....?
Not named after theG'N'R frontman?
I'll bet it was, secretly!
...Oh yes, my first thought when I saw the article. Takes me back 50 years or so.
Looks familiar too
Memories arise.... As children we used to build 'paddle steamers' that pulled themselves up a river on a tether. This yo-yo looks rather like the engine part of our steamers.
...do the words 'Heath' and 'Robinson' spring to mind?
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So that'd be
Axel rover — named for its single axel design and not the Guns N' Roses front man
I certainly remember those things from the sixties, although my dad called them "tanks".
"E" is clearly from a younger generation. Or perhaps drugged up (E=MDMA).
Nothing new here...
That second picture, the one where the Axel is negotiating "vertically-sloped promontories" (what?!?). Was that done by someone at NASA/JPL?? For feck's sake it looks like something my 6-year-old neice could throw together in about 5 minutes!! I'm in the wrong job here!!
@Dave - Yeah, I can remember. It was about the same time that NASA were actually using cool lunar rovers that could be driven by people.....
We made them with empty drinks cans and a pencil.. same principle I guess...
They'd better deploy some schools to teach proper English on Mars than another set of rovers.
Seen it before....
....on Robot Wars
NASA invents rope and dangles probe off a cliff
Also known as "fishing". I applaud their scientific breakthrough!
You have no idea how a Yo-Yo works, do you?
One of those buggers - except it was about a mile high - menaced Moonbase Alpha in Space 1999 sometime during my childhood.
Lots of stuff blew up.
El Reg can we please have a "amanfrommars" translator(tm) put somewhere as I've tried to make sense of it and failed..
I'm sure i've seen them before as well in various guises so nothing new really but well if it ain't broke why fix it...
Anon incase aman comes after me..
My immediate thought on seeing this thing too. I had a squadron of them.
Ignore "E". Clearly he/she is a product of the post Star Wars/Nintendo/point-click-ship years.
Sure it isn't a reference to Axl Rose.
And BOINC isn't a reference to "Scientific progress goes boink!" from the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons.
Yes, Star Wars came out when I was a kid.
What is a Moonmobile?
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