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January 2 2014

Future Space Missions May Utilize Gecko-Inspired Robotics


Future space missions could utilize a new technology that draws inspiration from the stickiness found on gecko feet. Researchers, using this natural wonder, have developed a wall-climbing robot that may one day aid astronauts in outer space.

The ESA, along with Simon Fraser University researchers in Canada, tested a dry adhesive in a temperate space environment, finding that the adhesive maintained its stickiness throughout the test.

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