PUFFER

PUFFER

Conceptual image of PUFFERs being deployed by a future Mars rover. Credits:NASA


Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots, or PUFFER, is a small, origami-inspired robotic technology under development to provide a low-volume, low-cost mission enhancement for accessing new science from extreme terrains that are of high interest to future NASA missions. A “pop-up” robot that folds into a small, smartphone-sized weight and volume, PUFFER’s compact design means numerous robots can be packed into a larger “parent” craft at a low payload cost, then deployed on a planet’s surface individually to increase surface mobility.

Principal Technologist Project Manager
Bob Ambrose (robert.o.ambrose@nasa.gov) Jaakko Karras (jaakko.t.karras@jpl.nasa.gov)