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NASA Developing ‘Super Ball Bot’ Rover For Possible Titan Mission
2013-12-29 08:37:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online While it might look like a squishable mess of ropes and tent poles, NASA’s proposed “Super Ball Bot” could hold the key to making landing a rover on another planet easier and far less expensive, according to a new report published last week in IEEE Spectrum, the journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Under ideal circumstances, modern-day planetary rovers “can require careful choreography of...

China Lander Has Lunar Touchdown, First Landing In Nearly 40 Years
2013-12-14 19:32:30

[ Watch the Video: Lunar Exploration Begins For China ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China has announced the successful soft landing of its Chang’e 3 spacecraft – the first such landing for mankind since 1976. “Chang'e-3 has successfully carried out a soft-landing on the moon. This makes the China world's third nation to achieve a lunar soft landing," said the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in an online post. State news agency Xinhua published a...

China's Lunar Mission Lifts Off
2013-12-02 04:19:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online China’s first lunar rover mission is underway, as the rocket carrying the six-wheeled robot known as Yutu lifted-off from Xichang at 01:30 Monday morning local time, various media outlets have reported. Live pictures of the launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the rover were shown on state television, according to BBC News Science Editor Paul Rincon. The spacecraft should land in the Moon’s northern hemisphere in mid...

ESA Helps Chinese Moon Mission
2013-11-29 10:37:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While China and Western nations may be entangled in a daily political struggle, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are extending their resources to assist their Chinese counterparts on the upcoming Chang’e 3 Moon mission. The Chinese mission is slated to launch from Earth in early December and land a scientific rover on the Moon. The entire ESA side of the operation will be run from the Estrack Control Centre in ESA’s...

Mars Curiosity Solo Drive Approaching Cooperstown
2013-10-30 09:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Mars Curiosity rover finished its first two-day autonomous roll across the Martian landscape on Monday, bringing the roving laboratory to an ideal vantage point for selecting a next target to investigate, NASA announced on Tuesday. When Curiosity drives autonomously, it chooses a route by using its onboard computer to analyze stereo pictures that it takes during stops. Before Monday, each day’s drive came after a section earlier...

2013-10-25 08:20:29

Over 500 horsepower available on SUV SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- When the original Land Rovers were being built many years ago, the intent of the original incarnation of the company was a vehicle that would be able to handle just about every industrial need for those in Britain. Over the years, Land Rovers have become some of the favorite vehicles for exploring the world; and doing so in style and with incredible comfort. The next evolution of that luxury SUV...

Mars-like Desert Exploration Completed By ESA's Test Rover
2013-10-16 12:07:11

ESA Braving high winds, dust devils and unpredictable terrain, ESA’s test rover has completed its exploration across – and under – Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. The five-day Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover, or SAFER, field trial concluded on Saturday 12 October. An early version of ESA’s 2018 ExoMars rover fitted with a trio of prototype ExoMars instruments was overseen from a remote control center at the Satellite Applications Catapult facility in...

2013-09-26 16:21:18

2013 LR4 also among most luxurious vehicles on the road SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The overall flexibility offered by the 2013 Land Rover LR4, that is for sale at Land Rover of San Antonio; is second to none in the crossover SUV automotive segment. The 2013 LR4 offers unmatched luxury and performance in a package that was built to explore the British Empire; but is also at home bringing the family to doctor's appointments and soccer practice. With an engine...

2013-09-23 16:20:37

New engine saves gas by adding turbocharger SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The worlds of luxury and off-road prowess come together very rarely in a meaningful way for most automakers, however, that cannot be said of Land Rover and the 2013 Land Rover LR2 near San Antonio, TX. The Land Rover name has always stood for capability and comfort. A new base engine is chief among the improvements that pace the development of the 2013 Land Rover LR2. The new Land Rover LR2...

Robotic Snake On Mars
2013-09-16 12:43:28

[ Watch the Video: ESA Wants To Send A Robotic Snake To Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking into the idea of sending a snake to Mars in order to help scientists deepen their knowledge about the Red Planet. Researchers are reportedly developing a snake-like robot that could be paired up with a rover to help future explorers investigate regions that are typically inaccessible. NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers have...