NU Wins 1st Place at 2022 NASA BIG IDEA Competition

 

Alternative rover demonstration

Northeastern University’s COBRA: Crater Observing Bio-inspired Rolling Articulator rover sidewinds and tumbles during demonstrations at the BIG Idea Forum Nov. 14-17 2022. Credits: NASA

A Northeastern University student team, advised by ECE Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, won the prestigious Artemis Award, the top honor at NASA’s 2022 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge for their COBRA: Crater Observing Bio-inspired Rolling Articulator. Their design is snake-inspired and sidewinds and tumbles, which will expand NASA’s lunar and Martian exploration toolkits.

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD’s) Game Changing Development Program’s (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative and high-impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.


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