Meet SpaceBok

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Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland’s SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at our technical heart.

SpaceBokis a quadruped robot designed and built by a Swiss student team from ETH Zurich and ZHAW Zurich, currently being tested using Automation and Robotics Laboratories (ARL) facilities at our technical centre in the Netherlands. The robot is being used to investigate the potential of ‘dynamic walking’ and jumping to get around in low gravity environments.

SpaceBok could potentially go up to 2 m high in lunar gravity, although such a height poses new challenges. Once it comes off the ground the legged robot needs to stabilise itself to come down again safely – like a mini-spacecraft.So, like a spacecraft. SpaceBok uses a reaction wheel to control its orientation

Learn more: http://bit.ly/JumpingSpaceRobotFliesLikeASpacecraft

Credit: ETH Zurich/ZHAW Zurich/ESA

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4 Comments

  1. So basically it's a knockoff of an earlier version of Boston Dynamics Bigdog that can only jump and has no way of correcting itself if it should happen to land on it's back or it's side.

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