Designing folding robots for NASA.



Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at NASA? Well, fourth year Curtin University mechatronics student Chris Norman can tell you.

Norman was chosen out of a pool of 24 students to go on a six month research internship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The internship began in January where he was invited to work on the mechanical design of folding robots, the size of a smartphone.

“My role over the six months was to contribute to the mechanical design of the folding robot and assist with the pop-up feature, which allows the disposable robots to move across the rough and dangerous areas on Mars,” Mr Norman says.

Dr Jonathan Paxman, from the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, believes that there is a significant chance that the robot will one day be part of interplanetary missions.


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