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Voice of America Covers WVRTC Space Robotics Research

The Voice of America was created in 1942 and is the largest U.S. international broadcaster.  VOA provides news and information to the world in more than 45 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 236 million people.  Content is developed in radio, television, and digital formats and is distributed via satellite, cable, FM, and MW. …

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WVRTC Talks Zero-G Testing with WVU Students

The West Virginia University Micro-Gravity Student Research Team visited the WV Robotic Technology Center for an interactive day to cover micro-gravity testing for advancing scientific and space exploration objectives.  The WVU team is planning to test an experimental procedure to evaluate the effects of low-gravity environments on soldering operations.  The flight is projected in the …

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WVRTC Developing Advanced Task Priority for Robotic Operations

The WVRTC is focusing on a key topic in robotics: full autonomy. The research task, led by lead research engineer, Dr. Giacomo Marani, focuses on taking human control progressively out of the robotic operations process. The goal is to increase the level of information exchanged. Rather than a human sitting there controlling the robot’s movement joint by …

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WVU Robotics Team Wins at the NASA Centennial Challenge

For the third straight year, WVU students have swept the competition at NASA’s Centennial Challenge. The robot, Cataglyphis, scored 11 points to win the Level 2 competition for the Sample Robot Return competition. WVU’s team is the only team to ever win a Level 2 competition, an accomplishment repeated consecutively for two years. The team …

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Upward Bound Visits WVRTC

WVRTC hosted the WVU branch of Upward Bound today as a part of the STEM Outreach Initiative. Upward Bound is a program that helps students to overcome cultural, academic, and social barriers. They provide weekly tutoring and monthly activities with the goal of helping these students to graduate high school and seek secondary education opportunities. …

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WVRTC Interns Successfully Complete Project Peer Reviews

The WVRTC Summer 2016 interns participated in a peer review by the WVRTC technical staff. The WVRTC summer 2016 interns are working on multiple projects that support the WVRTC team with robot control, 3D printing, and robot end-effector lighting systems.  Working alongside WVRTC engineers since mid-May, all interns are on schedule to complete their summer …

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WVRTC RISES Program Holds Technical Review with NASA JSC

The WVRTC Robotic In-Situ Surface Exploration System (RISES) team hosted the technical mentor team from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to review with the progress of the NASA Early Stage Innovation (ESI) research project. (More information on RISES: https://www.nasa.gov/content/robotic-in-situ-surface-exploration-system-rises/#.V3aNh1f-2V8 ) ESI is a NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate program that awards contracts to …

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An Exciting Week for WVRTC in D.C.

This past week, WVRTC made its way to Washington D.C. to tackle several program tasks. The team divided and conquered to make it to the Academic Partners’ Meeting at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the WVU Alumni Luncheon at the National Press Club. The WVRTC staff attended the Academic Partners’ Meeting on Tuesday, allowing …

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When Millimeters Count, Count on WVRTC Engineers to Deliver

How well can a robot position itself? How well can it repeat going to the same position? How about when it has to lift a heavy object? Or when it’s moving slow as opposed to moving fast? When conducting robotics research, these are important questions and the answers need to be well understood. WVRTC has …

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NASA Tests WVRTC Student Tools Underwater

Video Credit: Voice of America By Greg Flakus Voice of America HOUSTON, TX (VOA) — Scuba divers worked a crank on a metal box that soon sent up a cloud of dust from the pallet of gravel where the device was anchored. Watching them closely on control room monitors, Matthew Morrow, an engineering student from …

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