New NASA video: tensegrity robots designed for space exploration
NASA recently released a video of the Super Ball robot in movement. The robot was designed using Buckminster Fuller’s principles for tensegrity structures. The lightweight, foldable robots are built of a network of tensioned cables and strong rods, and can roll over rough terrain.
The robots can be manipulated in landscapes full of obstacles, and are intended for deployment in challenging landscapes, such as Saturn’s moons.
In a spin-off, Jeffrey Friesen’s DuCTT (Dual Compliant Tetrahedral Tensegrity) Robot is designed similarly, and is meant for navigation of complex duct systems to allow for autonomous inspection and cleaning.