NASA Working Gecko-Inspired Gripping Technology
NASA is working on amazing technology that will make it easier for astronauts to hold on to items in space.
The source of their inspiration? A small reptile.
Adam Housley reported on “America’s News Headquarters” that researchers at Stanford University are working with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to come up with technology that replicates the thousands of microscopic bristles found on the feet of geckos.
Those tiny bristles – which let a gecko stick and unstick its feet as it shifts its weight on a surface – make the creatures some of nature’s most amazing climbers.
Housley reported that NASA eventually hopes to use the technology during space walks, helping astronauts hold on to equipment.
He added that it could also be used to create a crawling robot that would inspect the space station for damage.
Researchers believe the technology might also one day be used to clean up the increasing amount of debris floating in orbit around the Earth.
The gripping system has already been tested on more than 30 spacecraft surfaces in the lab.