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Transcript of Exploratory Robotics
Cody Wilson As we see with anything, new models of the same item often are often produced. With the Mars Curiosity, it is obvious that technological advances have come and brought it far beyond its predecessor. Surely the same will happen with with this one. The next model may have more features or simply be bigger. Exploratory robots such as the Mars Rover Curiosity are capable of grabbing and picking up objects, in which case it can analyze them and send data back to Earth. It has nine cameras for capturing video, snapping pictures, and providing telecommunication. Some of these are used specifically for navigation (so it doesn't roll itself off a cliff or something). It is provided with six wheels for easy navigation in rough terrain, and runs on nuclear power due to the fact that its appetite for energy can not be guaranteed by solar power. As has already been mentioned, a robot in any area of scientific study can eliminate dangerous, dull, or difficult for humans. Though this brings to attention another issue: with more technology and advanced mechanics, comes more that can go wrong. This in turn means that millions of dollars would be wasted and time spent would go down the drain. Working in places that are too dangerous or too far out in space to attempt a manned mission, exploratory robots such as this one provide us with an advantage to explore more, and have more opportunities to learn about our neighboring worlds and eventually beyond our solar system. And with a work envelope of 23, it can simulate much of what any human could do. Other exploratory robots would have a similar work envelope due to the same needs, however, certain advances separate these newer robots from the old. With a multi-functional end effector, using things ranging from a simple claw for grabbing-so it can pick things up and analyze them, or store them-to a drill-to go beneath the surface to search for more interesting objects. This particular robot is very efficient. Exploratory robots can also be in used on land(if the place is too dangerous for a human due to danger of exposure to radiation or some other disaster), under-water(for reaching places to deep for a human to dive, at least without assistance), and under-ground(for danger of earth caving in). Most exploratory robots do there jobs using algorithms, but it is also common to find one with capabilities to receive commands from a distant human (the controller). Some of these robots, however, are not meant to do these tasks on their own, but to assist a human Equipped with map cams, and aerial sensors, general exploratory robots map out their area. This also helps them complete there job and fulfill their purpose. If these robots were meant to assist a human or have the option to receive controls from a human, it could create a job for someone with the necessary qualifications. Though, this was actually meant to take man out of the equation.