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|
|Terry Fong (email@example.com)||Jean-Pierre “JP” de la Croix (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
PUFFER: A simple motor driver and robust, enclosed structure.
PUFFER: Senses obstacles and self-adjusts appropriately.
PUFFER: Two-wheel mobility configuration adjust to traverse slippery incline.
PUFFER: Traverses 45-degree incline with rocky obstacles.
PUFFER: Withstands 3-m drop (Mars gravity)
PUFFER: Fast-motion video of a 250-m journey.