Erica P. Wissinger
Thinking about aerospace today and wanted to share a few short clips for the adventure minded,
Is there a space race?
Record breaking space jump, dial it to 1.25 speed, scan forward as needed,
Kyle Lucas, United States Space Force
Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) Robotic Architecture. Play at 1.25 speed, and turn on your CC closed captions at the 10-minute mark,
Kalind Carpenter and Morgan Cable from JPL present the Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor or EELS robot architecture which is designed to carry the latest instruments into dynamic arenas in search of life. EELS is adaptable to traverse ocean world inspired terrain, fluidized media, enclosed labyrinthian environments and liquids. It is a snake-like self-propelled endoscope form comprising serially-replicated segments with encapsulated locomotion and bending.
Speakers’ Biography: Kalind Carpenter is a Robotics Engineer in the robotic Vehicles and Manipulators group at JPL. The lab he has helped create focuses on rapid technology development and end effectors specifically tailored to gripping and extreme surface mobility. He is the principal investigator (PI) of the Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS), a snakelike robot aimed to access Enceladus’s ocean through an active plume.
Dr. Morgan Cable is a Research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She worked on the Cassini Mission as a Project Science Systems Engineer, and is currently a member of the Project Science Team for the Europa Lander mission concept. Currently Dr. Cable performs laboratory experiments to study the unique organic chemistry of Titan, a moon of Saturn. She and colleagues were the first to discover a co-crystal, the equivalent of a ‘hydrated mineral’, made exclusively of organics that may exist on Titan’s surface. This work has led to the inception of a new field, Titan ‘petrology’.