Gecko-Inspired Robot Has Grippers That Help Could Clean Up Space Debris
In space, grabbing onto things is hard. A new robot that uses grippers inspired by gecko feet could solve that problem, helping clear up the mess of debris that orbits Earth.
The toaster-sized device can grip, hold onto and move around even large, smooth surfaces in microgravity, on both flat and curved objects.
To do this, it uses a “dry adhesive” material created by Hao Jiang at Stanford University in California and his colleagues.
In an environment where an accidental nudge can send something flying and space debris can be travelling faster than the speed of sound, agility is key.
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