In 2017, NASA is aiming to launch a robot that will be used on-board the International Space Station (ISS). The robot has been tentatively called the “Free Flying Robot”. Not that catchy, right?
So here’s where NASA needs your help – we need the Topcoder community to help design a custom mission patch AND develop a name for the Free Flying Robot.
So what is a Free Flying Robot? It’s a robot that is capable of functioning autonomously, but can also be controlled by a flight crew on-board the ISS or from Earth. It can:
- Conduct zero gravity robotics experiments
- Carry mobile sensors such as an RFID reader for logging inventory
- Inspect items using a built in camera
In the above scenario, you can see that the Free Flying Robot will have an arm that can grasp onto objects to help remain stationary – it will also have built-in fans that will allow it to move and rotate in any direction. In addition, the Free Flying Robot is rechargeable and capable of returning to a charger and charging on it’s own.
Are you up for the challenge? If yes, we’ll need your help to:
- Design a custom mission patch for a robot that will fly on-board the International Space Station. A mission patch is a small graphic that includes the name of a space mission.
- Develop a name for the “Free Flying Robot”. Something catchy & cool.
Registration for the contest opens on 10/11/14 at 9:00 AM EDT. Click here to register and participate!