Daily Archives: 31.05.2021

A Simpler, but Dexterous Robot Hand

Humans use all surfaces of the hand for contact-rich manipulation. Robot hands, in contrast, typically use only the fingertips, which can limit dexterity. In a new study from the lab of Aaron Dollar, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science & computer science, researchers took a non-traditional approach to creating a new design for robotic hands. The research team – ...

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Zhurong is Rolling on Mars

On May 22nd, 2021, the Zhurong rover – part of Tianwen-1, China’s first mission to Mars – descended from its lander and drove on the Martian surface for the first time. According to the mission’s official social media account, the rover drove down its descent ramp from the Tianwen-1 lander at 10:40 a.m. Beijing time (07:40 p.m. PDT; 10:40 p.m. ...

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Cargo ship docks with Chinese space station

In this long exposure photo, a Long March 7 rocket climbs into the sky over the Wenchang spaceport on Hainan Island with the Tianzhou 2 cargo ship. Credit: Xinhua China’s robotic Tianzhou 2 cargo ship launched Saturday on top of a Long March 7 rocket and docked with the core module of the country’s space station eight hours later, delivering ...

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