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  • 5 challenges a motor has to overcome on Mars
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    Outer space is unforgiving. This is why precision drives embarking on a trip to other planets need to meet extremely high quality standards. Every Mars drive from maxon is based on a catalog product and is modified for the specific mission. That’s because the DC motors, gearheads, and encoders face… Read more »
  • The people behind the Mars drives
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    Years of collaboration between maxon and the space experts at JPL led to the development of the BLDC motors which handle the valuable soil samples on Mars during the Perseverance mission. Meet maxon’s specialists behind those actuators and find out what drives them. Was there once life on Mars? To… Read more »
  • In search of signs of life on Mars
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    Mars once had liquid water and an atmosphere—was there life too? To answer this fundamental question, NASA sends the Perseverance rover, a robot of unparalleled complexity. Mars missions may seem to be routine now, yet it’s still the case that only a few craft make it to the planet’s surface… Read more »
  • Precision drives on the Red Planet
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    More than 100 electric motors from maxon have been used on the Red Planet and have withstood cosmic radiation, dust storms, and temperature fluctuations. With the Perseverance rover, precision drives are once again flying to Mars. The key to success is the same as before: standard industrial products. Mars missions… Read more »
  • SLAMcore adds dense 2.5D mapping in latest software update
    SLAMcore added dense 2.5D mapping capabilities to its latest software release. Robots require maps of their surroundings and the objects within it to navigate effectively – these maps can include point clouds, 2D flat maps, 2.5D dense maps (with heights), 3D maps and semantic maps that identify objects. One of… Read more »
  • OnRobot VGP20 electric vacuum gripper targets heavy-duty palletizing
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    OnRobot’s VGP20 electric vacuum gripper can be used in palletizing applications. | Credit: OnRobot After a busy year product-wise in 2020, OnRobot today released its first new end-of-arm tool (EOAT) for 2021. The VGP20 is an electric vacuum gripper that can handle payloads of 20kg (44.09lbs). OnRobot said the VGP20… Read more »
  • Berkshire Grey going public via SPAC
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    Berkshire Grey, a developer of integrated artificial intelligence and robotic solutions for e-commerce, retail replenishment, and logistics, is going public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Revolution Acceleration Acquisition Corp (RAAC). The deal values the combined company at $2.7 billion. Berkshire Grey said it will have approximately… Read more »
  • ABB launches next generation GoFa, SWIFTI cobots
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    ABB’s CRB 11000 SWIFIT cobot. | Credit: ABB ABB is expanding its collaborative robot portfolio. The 2020 RBR50 company today introduced its GoFa and SWIFTI cobots that offer higher payloads and speeds to complement its YuMi cobots. The GoFa and SWIFTI cobots are available now. ABB said the new cobots… Read more »
  • Global R&D Funding Forecast 2021
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    Editor’s Note: R&D World is a sister publication of The Robot Report. This article is part of R&D World’s annual Global Funding Forecast (Executive Edition). This report has been published annually for more than six decades. The Executive Edition will be published in the April 2020 print issue of R&D… Read more »
  • TransEnterix changes name to Asensus Surgical
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    Asensus Surgical’s Senhance laparoscopic platform. | Asensus Surgical TransEnterix changed its name to Asensus Surgical and introduced a new category of surgery to its offerings. Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Asensus Surgical said the name change represents its broader vision of shaping the future of surgery by integrating computer vision and… Read more »
  • Watch the first ever video of a NASA rover landing on Mars
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    NASA today released incredible footage of the Mars Perseverance Rover‘s final descent and landing on Mars. This is the first ever video of a NASA rover landing on Mars. You can watch the footage in the video above. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording… Read more »
  • Brainlab receives FDA clearance for surgical robotics systems
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    Loop-X is a fully robotic mobile intraoperative developed by Brainlab. | Credit: Brainlab Brainlab has received FDA clearance for both its Loop-X Mobile Imaging Robot and Cirq robotic surgical system. Following on CE mark approvals last summer, the FDA clearance paves the way for the company to now enter the… Read more »
  • Celera Motion announces Aura Absolute Chip Encoder Series
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    Celera Motion has added the Aura Absolute Chip Encoder Series to its line of precision rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. Aura uses a short wave-length LED for precise absolute position decoding. Celera said the series is designed for collaborative robot arms, robot joints, robotic grippers, surgical robots… Read more »
  • Motional testing fully driverless vehicles in Las Vegas
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    A Level 4 Motional Chrysler Pacifica Minivan being tested in Las Vegas. | Credit: Motional Motional is now testing Level 4 fully driverless vehicles on public roads in Las Vegas. The Hyundai-Aptiv joint venture said the testing, which began earlier in February, consist of multiple driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans navigating… Read more »
  • Is Locus Robotics going public?; Robots land on Mars
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    Welcome to Episode 35 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community. You can subscribe to The Robot Report Podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, SoundCloud, Spotify and more. Please subscribe to… Read more »
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