Thursday, June 15, 2006
Nasa and the world cup soccer.
One of the problems of the space shuttle was detecting if the tiles were damaged after takeoff. As a solution they have a camera that they need to pass all over the underside. Perhaps a neater idea would be to have a soccerball sized robot that has 6 air valves each pointing in a different direction. Also a camera embedded in the ball as well. Following a preprogrammed program the air valves will shoot out air moving the ball in different directions. By making a simple control an astronaut could also direct it to a place they want to check again.