NASA Langley research robot ready to roll

HAMPTON–The seven-ton, two-story robotic arm unveiled by NASA Langley on Monday looks like it belongs on a Transformer.

But ISAAC – which stands for Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites – has nothing to do with sci-fi or alien machines.

The $3 million system – one of just three of its kind in the world, and the only one dedicated to research – turns 3-D computer drawings into precisely made, lightweight, super-strong components suited for spacecraft. It spins parts from spools of carbon fiber blended with epoxy – gliding along a track, reaching, retracting, pivoting, hovering with cyborg agility and efficiency.


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