Volcanoes have always been a fascination to the world. They have always held a unique element and have always been a mystery to scientist.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California sent a probe down into a volcano. The issue that was faced is that exploring volcanoes can be risky. That is why the JPL robotics reach team developed a robot that could easily reach places where humans could not. In order to fully understand how volcanoes erupt, the team had to utilize cutting edge technologies along in a modular cleanrooms in order to ensure that all parts were manufactured to the highest quality and precision.
The team was awarded a grant of $50,000 from the National Geographic’s Expedition Grant campaign for “great explorer”. The team lead, Parness, had mentioned that they could not have done it without the team they had in place.
This goes to show those who are looking to accomplish a technology endeavor have to have several things at their disposal, the first is a team that has the know-how and tenacity of not giving up. The second is the technology developed in a cleanroom environment which would allow the venture to move forward.
Two robots designed to explore volcanoes are pictured here. VolcanoBot 1 (right) has a length of 12 inches and 6.7-inch wheels. VolcanoBot 2 (left) is smaller, as it is 10 inches long and has 5 inch wheels. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Image from http://www.cemag.us/news/2015/01/nasa-robot-plunges-volcano?et_cid=4354277&et_rid=454847684&location=top