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Can robots be sent to other planets that are made out of ice and use resources to repair itself?

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are trying to figure out if we can send robots that are made out of ice to another planet, IEEE Spectrum reports.
The idea is to create a robot design that can leverage local resources to repair itself in case it ever breaks down.
As detailed in a new paper presented at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, the researchers looked a variety of ways of creating robots out of ice by using both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.


Cold Ones
The goal is to create a proof of concept ice robot that is capable of “self-reconfiguration, self-replication, and self-repair.”
The researchers did include regular actuators and batteries in their testing, with only major structural components being made out of ice.
An initial test robot, weighing in at a hefty 6.3 kilos and crafted by hand, was able to roll itself up a 2.5 degree incline and steer left and right, as demonstrated in the video above.

Antarctic Explorer
The team isn’t just exploring the option for robots sent to outer space, because similar robots could also be used to conduct research in the Antarctic.
“Climate change has many folks interested in the Antarctic and ice sheets while NASA and other space exploration groups are looking to the stars for ice and water,” UPenn robotics researcher and lead author Devin Carroll told IEEE Spectrum.
Carroll argued that “if we could build a robot from ice, perhaps it could be used to assist in exploring icy planets for life and data collection.”

READ MORE: Robots Made of Ice Could Build and Repair Themselves on Other Planets [IEEE Spectrum]
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Kravenhead
Hmmmm.... I don't know what to think of this idea.
Ice is so vulnerable to just about everything. It's brittle. It doesn't tolerate heat, not only from the environment, but heat that would be created by it's own moving parts.
I think I'd stick with tougher materials.
We've seen self repairing materials that aren't nearly as fragile as ice.
Personally, I don't think this idea is going to get much further than the lab.
Maybe some test in the arctic, but that's about it.

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philosopher
12 day(s) ago
I hope, pray enough in this congress comprehend the necessity for real scientific research. Sadly most care only about politics, enriching themselves and power. Real research will suffer. Humanity is a decade or more away from being able to truly affect environment. Even if, real research is done. This green new deal will destroy our enconmy. It will send our jobs to China and other nations. It will fund the impossible in stead. of cures for autism , Neurological Disorders, cancer and things that can be cured. It. will cut funding for our military, borders, space. exploration and things that keep us prosperous and safe. Politicans are power hungry, money hungry, short. sighted, immoral,evil and elitist scum. They are too ignorant comprehend real science.

Kravenhead
13 day(s) ago
Yeah - I agree, but self repairing materials are being created in labs.

philosopher
13 day(s) ago
I think their looking to create different types that can self repair.

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