Prof. Julian J. Rimoli (Georgia Tech) and Prof. Marco Pavone (Stanford) were awarded one of only two Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants of $30,000, reserved for attendees of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium. The project will focus on “the development of tensegrity damping strategies for the exploration of low-gravity planetary bodies, e.g., asteroids and small moons.” Specifically, they will investigate the feasibility of a hybrid between two concepts independently developed by the awardees: an internal actuated rover (named Hedgehog) that has demonstrated unprecedented levels of hopping control in reduced-gravity experiments (Pavone’s work), and compliant tensegrity structures with the ability to absorb and dissipate large amounts of impact energy with minimum structural mass (Rimoli’s work). The hybrid vehicle will provide maximum control while preventing undesired bounces, a challenge illustrated when ESA’s Philae lander bounced more than a kilometer off target during an attempted “dead-stick” landing on a comet.

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