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Name NASA’s New Free Flying Robot!

By rashid In Uncategorized

Posted October 7th, 2014

NASA FFR Social Media

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

NASA FFR Camera Scenario

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!



Tags: Design, NASA, robot