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Humanoid Robot Justin developed for maintenance of satellites

By Damir Beciri
18 June 2010

justin-space-robotAfter writing about several potential modular robotic space explorers (such as SuperBot or Festo Molecubes) and writing about NASA’s dexterous space robot Robonaut 2, in this article we’re going to present another dexterous humanoid robot named Justin. It is developed at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, part of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), in… »


Magnetic heat shields to replace ablative tiles on space shuttles?

By Damir Beciri
5 December 2009

space-shuttle-re-entering-atmosphereHeat shields are an important part of any space vehicle that re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The next generation of heat shields made to protect astronauts and payloads on their re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere may use superconducting magnets to deflect the plasma that forms in front of spacecraft as they travel at high speeds in… »