Goals For NASA's 2020 Mars Rover Released

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for future human exploration of the Red Planet, according to a report provided to the agency. The 154-page document was prepared by the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team, which NASA appointed in January to outline scientific objectives for the mission. The team, composed of 19 scientists and engineers from universities and research organizations, proposed a mission concept that could accomplish several high-priority planetary science goals and be a major step in meeting President Obama's challenge to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. "Crafting the science and exploration goals is a crucial milestone in preparing for our next major Mars mission," said John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science in Washington. "The objectives determined by NASA with the input from this team will become the basis later this year for soliciting proposals to provide instruments to be part of the science payload on this exciting step in Mars exploration." NASA will conduct an open competition for the payload and science instruments. They will be placed on a rover similar to Curiosity, which landed on Mars almost a year ago. Using Curiosity's design will help minimize mission costs and risks and deliver a rover that can accomplish the mission objectives. The team's report details how the rover would use its instruments for visual, mineralogical and chemical analysis down to microscopic scale to understand the environment around its landing site and identify biosignatures, or features in the rocks and soil that could have been formed biologically. "The Mars 2020 mission concept does not presume that life ever existed on Mars," said Jack Mustard, chairman of the Science Definition Team and a professor at the Geological Sciences at Brown University in Providence, R.I. "However, given the recent Curiosity findings, past Martian life seems possible, and we should begin the difficult endeavor of seeking the signs of life. No matter what we learn, we would make significant progress in understanding the circumstances of early life existing on Earth and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life." "The Mars 2020 mission will provide a unique capability to address the major questions of habitability and life in the solar system," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division in Washington. "This mission represents a major step towards creating high-value sampling and interrogation methods, as part of a broader strategy for sample returns by planetary missions."

GE Aviation Opens Global Robotics, Automation and Instrumentation R&D Centre in Bromont, Quebec

Multi-million dollar Investment in Advanced Manufacturing supports Aerospace Industry

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS EXPANDS INTO ADVANCED MANIPULATION WITH KINOVA ROBOTICS

Clearpath Robotics Announces Exclusive North American Distribution of JACO Robot Arm for Research Market

Intelligrated to showcase latest robotic fulfillment solutions for manufacturers and distributors at PACK EXPO 2013

In-booth demonstrations to feature robotic solutions for mixed-load palletizing and depalletizing

Tech-Con Becomes First RIA Certified Robot Integrator in Canada

Tech-Con is the fourteenth RIA Certified Robot Integrator.

Honeywell Rolls Out New Model S Series Subminiature Pressure Transducers

Designed to handle high pressure and temperatures

International Conference for Vision Guided Robotics Headed to Atlanta

The Conference, which is held every two years, will be in Atlanta for the first time.

Microscan to Showcase Barcode & Machine Vision for Clinical OEMs at AACC's Clinical Lab Expo 2013

Microscan announces it will showcase its range of auto ID and machine vision technologies in Booth #5751 at the upcoming 2013 AACC Clinical Lab Expo, July 30 - August 1 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

Trust Automation's Ultra High Vacuum Robotics to be Showcased at Semicon West 2013

Trust Automation, Inc., the world's leading developer of linear amplifiers and creator of high precision motion control and system design devices for the semiconductor industry, announced today that it will be demonstrating its Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) Robotics at Semicon West 2013 in booth 2322.

BRL Collaborates in Project to Develop Trustworthy Robotic Assistants

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is part of a new œ1.2million project which aims to ensure future robotic systems can be trusted by humans.

PI Release New Low Cost H-820 Hexapod Six Axis Positioner

A linear repeatability of 20 ╬╝m, and 200 ╬╝rad in the tip/tilt or rotational axes - these are important features of the new H-820 Hexapod from PI (Physik Instrumente).

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS NAMED FINALIST FOR ERNST AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Announce Clearpath Robotics CEO Matt Rendall as Finalist for Young Entrepreneur Category

Applied Robotics releases a Safety Control Module & Solution for their Sigma family of Tool Changers

Applied Robotics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions, announces the release of the Performance Level d (PLd) compliant Safety Control Module (SCM) for their Sigma Family of Tool Changers.

Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013

From  Stolidus Simulations : Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013 is a groundbreaking simulator taking place in the incredible world of Robot Vacuum cleaners. The simulator puts you in the shoes of a Robot Vacuum cleaner and sends you on a journey through an appartment cleaning up the dust of man. Features: The most realistic robot vacuum simulator ever. Incredible single-player simulation Duel with your friends in 2 player mode A fully open world Fantastic music A main menu

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High speed and low cost pick and place ROBOTS | vision controlled | by usb Tablet or Pc.

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