Exploration requires mobility. And whether you're on Earth or as far away as the Moon or Mars, you need good tires to get your vehicle from one place to another.
Tire development for space exploration has been a focus of research at NASA Glenn for a decade. Evolving since the days of Apollo, NASA engineers started examining tire designs back in the 1960's for use on the surface of the Moon.
December 01 FLL & FTC West Virginia State Tournament Webcast
West Virginia FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Tournament will take place on Saturday, December 2, 8:30-5:30 pm EST and West Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Tournament on Sunday, December 3, 8:30-5:30 pm EST at Falcon Center, Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554. Can't make the event, you can view the live webcast and table scores at:
November 29 NASA Builds its Next Mars Rover Mission
In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet.
At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there's no doubt it's a souped-up science machine: It has seven new instruments, redesigned wheels and more autonomy. A drill will capture rock cores, while a caching system with a miniature robotic arm will seal up these samples. Then, they'll be deposited on the Martian surface for possible pickup by a future mission.
November 22 FIRST Robotics Competition Grant Awards
The highly anticipated moment that all you FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams that submitted an application for a NASA FRC grant, has finally arrived! NASA's award selection is listed in the following link. If your FRC team submitted an application for a NASA FRC registration grant, please review the awards list to verify your award status.
November 18 2018 NASA FRC Grant Announcement Status Update
NASA is diligently working through the application review process and will make an announcement as soon as possible. We know that you are all anxiously awaiting the results of the 2018 NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant award selections and we will post them as soon as they are finalized. Thank you for your patients and understanding in this time sensitive situation - NASA RAP (Robotics Alliance Project)
November 01 Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents
Color-discerning capabilities that NASA's Curiosity rover has been using on Mars since 2012 are proving particularly helpful on a mountainside ridge the rover is now climbing.
These capabilities go beyond the thousands of full-color images Curiosity takes every year: The rover can look at Mars with special filters helpful for identifying some minerals, and also with a spectrometer that sorts light into thousands of wavelengths, extending beyond visible-light colors into infrared and ultraviolet. These observations aid decisions about where to drive and investigations of chosen targets.
October 27 Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars.
The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical problem that appeared late last year and suspended use of the rover's drill.
October 02 Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface
An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.
September 27 A Clockwork Rover for Venus
The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE), an exciting concept which enables long duration in-situ mobility on the surface of Venus through robust mechanisms. An automaton is a mechanical device capable of performing a series of complex actions to achieve a specific result.
September 13 Chezy Champs "Best in the West" Robotics Competition
Chezy Champs is an annual off-season FIRST robotics tournament hosted by FIRST Team 254. The forth annual Chezy Champs tournament takes place Saturday - Sunday, September 16-17, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. 43 teams will come together in San Jose to battle it out to determine the best in the west.
Can't make the event, checkout the webcast link at the bottom of the "More Info" webpage.
August 02 Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!
On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, exalted at radio confirmation and first images from Curiosity after the rover's touchdown using a new "sky crane" landing method. Transmissions at the speed of light took nearly 14 minutes to travel from Mars to Earth, which that day were about 154 million miles (248 million kilometers) apart
Watch some of the amazing footage of the 5 years of Curiosity in the link below!
"The FIRST Festival of Champions will take place where it all began, in New Hampshire (where the inaugural FIRST competition was held over 25 years ago). We'll celebrate the FIRST Class of Champions 2017 and enjoy robot action from winning FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition Alliances from FIRST Championship 2017 events in Houston and St. Louis."
The FIRST Festival of Champions will take place on Saturday, July 29
Can't make the event in person, check out the webcast link below
July 14 NASA's Robotics Alliance Project is at STEM QUEST at the the 2017 National Scout Jamboree
NASA's RAP has partnered with FIRST to introduce over 1,000 scouts to the Robotics Merit Badge, through hands-on classes at the STEM Quest activity area during the 2017 National Jamboree in West Virginia. The NASA IV&V Facility Educator Resource Center staff, along with FIRST AmeriCorps VISTAs and FIRST Senior Mentors will also be showcasing Robonaut, Spiderbot, and comparing Lunar and Martian wheels just to name a few activities in their tent. Scouts who stop by the NASA Robotics tent will be able to get their own Infrared photograph, pose with Centaur, drive an FTC or FRC robot, compete in robotics sumo wrestling, or attended the merit-badge class which is the only way to earn this extremely limited commemorative patch. Scouts will be introduced to all four FIRST programs and learn how to start a team and discover how the agency supports competitive robotics throughout the country. The Goddard Space Flight Center's Mobile Machine Shop will be giving tours, and engineers from Wallops Island, GSFC, IV&V, and GRC will be engaging the scouts in a range of activities beyond robotics including solar observing, rocket launching, and more.
The WV Robotics Alliance, Fairmont State University, and the WV High Technology Foundation are hosting the FIRST LEGO League Mountain State Invitational on July 7-9 in Fairmont, WV.
40 of the best FIRST LEGO League teams from the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Uruguay will compete in a standard FIRST LEGO League tournament. In addition to their competition schedules, teams will be able to meet-and-greet their fellow competitors at an ice cream social, a STEM Carnival, and the Alliance Challenge.
Can't make the event in person, check out the live webcast in the links below.
The 2017 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competition highlights the role that ROVs will play in streamlining commerce, maintaining entertainment, and ensuring both health and safety of port cities of the future.
The 16th annual MATE international ROV competition will take place June 23-25, 2017 at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, USA.
NASA RAP & MATE will be streaming the event live during the competition! Check the links below for the web stream.
May 15 2017 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER)
The 2017 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Norman Hotel & Conference Center located in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference is intended for anyone that is interested in robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education. The conference takes place from July 8th - 12th, 2017 with pre-conference workshops beginning on July 7th. The last day to register online is Friday, June 24th!
May 02 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship
Now that the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) St. Louis and Houston Championships are over and FRC Teams look forward to the FIRST Festival of Champions on July 28-29, 2017 you can check out the results and rankings in the links below. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2017 FRC season!!
April 24 2017 FIRST Robotics St. Louis Championship
The FIRST Robotics St. Louis Championship takes place April 26-29, 2017 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis! This event brings together teams from around the world to compete in one of the largest robotics competitions.
For those that cannot make it to the event, you can check out the webcasts in the links below.
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Houston Championship is taking place on April 19th-22nd, in Houston, TX. Attending the Championship in person, check out the NASA exhibit at the FIRST Innovation Faire. NASA will be exhibiting two very exciting robots, Spidernaut and Centaur.
January 08 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
The 2017 kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. The 2017 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 7th, 2017.