Robot dog “Spot” will be part of future missions to Mars

“Spot”, a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, has been prepared with the artificial intelligence necessary to be the next sent to Mars and explore, autonomously, caves on future missions.

The driving autonomy given by the Artificial Intelligence that it possesses “Spot” allows you to work without human guidance or access to GPS in environments too dangerous for people, reported by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), who added two to his fleet “Spots”.

“Spot” robot dogs can work together with others like them. | Photo: Reuters.

The developers of the robot dog they said that a team of “Spots” can now work together to explore hundreds of meters of cave in less than 60 minutes, not only mapping the area in 3D, but also identifying areas of scientific interest, as evidenced by the video published this week in which the robot can be seen exploring various places and caves in the Lava Memorial National Park. Beds in Northern California.

In tests, robot dogs stay in contact with a team surface dropping communication nodes as they go.

But once out of contact, it is up to each robot to decide where it goes next, or if it should ask another robot more suited to the terrain to proceed in its place.

According to NASA, the robots can work together: one identifies an area of ​​interest to collect samples, while another can bring equipment to test them on site.

The deployment of robot dogs to future missions to Mars you intend to reach places that include obstacles such as steep cliffs and canyons, as well as slippery ice that covers an underground ocean.

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