NASA’s Massive Robotic Arm for Aerospace Applications

Researchers from NASA’s Langley Research Center have designed a huge robotic arm that collects spools of carbon fibers and moves in a preprogrammed pattern to arrange these fibers in a 40-foot long bed, to fabricate aerospace structures and parts.

The project known as the Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites (ISAAC) was sponsored by the NASA Langley’s Space Technology and Exploration Directorate, the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

The robot was actually manufactured by Washington-based Electroimpact, and hence physically moving the system to the Hampton, Virginia facility was a real challenge for the researchers. The robot carried in two 53-foot long covered trucks is now present at the NASA Langley’s Advanced Manufacturing and Flight Test Articles Development Laboratory.

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