NASA Developing PUFFER As Small Companion To Main Mars Rover


The International Business Times (3/21) reports on NASA’s development of the PUFFER (Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot), which the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing as a smaller companion for a standard Mars rover. NASA explained that PUFFER could “explore areas that might be too risky for a full-fledged rover to go, such as steep slopes or behind sand dunes.” SPACE (3/21) reports that the JPL team’s next planned steps for the project “include incorporating scientific instruments, such as gear that can identify carbon-containing organic molecules, and giving the robot more autonomy.”

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