NASA’s BRAILLE (Biologic and Resource Analog Investigations in Low Light Environments) Project aims to investigate & quantify the geologic and biologic diversity in lava tube caves, while developing strategies for their exploration in a multitude of scenarios.
NeBula-powered autonomous robots create new operational paradigms for the science team in remote detection activities hosted at Lava Beds National Monument, one of the largest collections of Mars-like lava tubes in North America. These exercises help NASA prepare for future missions to caves on Mars and other rocky bodies, as the agency continues its ongoing hunt for life in the universe.
In support of the Artemis program’s vision and leveraging Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) timeline, our team is studying how NeBula can empower next generation robots to enable extreme and long-range lunar terrain traversability, construction of these future colonial outposts, and scout regions of the Moon (surface and subsurface) that possess resources, such as reliable sources of water, oxygen and construction materials.
In addition to enabling a capable and fully autonomous squad of versatile robots, NeBula develops intuitive human-robot interfaces that can be used by Astronauts to facilitate various activities such as carrying payloads or exploring areas that would pose a danger to the crew.
For related details of NeBula deployment in support of R&D efforts and space missions targeting our moon, Europa, Enceladus, and other bodies, see here.