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Blogs about Robots

Blogs about Robots

  • The Beagle has Landed & Lunar Mission One Takes Off

    Bill Marshall

    On Christmas Day 2003 a sizeable proportion of the UK public joined Professor Colin Pillinger in the anxious wait to hear a tune composed by the band Blur, emanating from the Planet Mars. It would have signalled the successful arrival of the UK space probe Beagle 2 on the surface. We never got to hear the tune: Beagle 2 had vanished.


    • A triumph for #Philae and #cometlanding

      Bill Marshall

      The big-budget space explorer project mentioned in a previous blog post, Rosetta, reached a climax last week. The excitement began on Wednesday morning at about 9 o’clock when the comet lander Philae began its descent to the surface of comet 67P. Unlike the frantic ‘seven minutes of terror’ that preceded the robot rover Curiosity’s arrival on Mars, Philae’s journey took place in comparative slow-motion and lasted seven hours.


      • Johnny 6 is alive!


        Designing a custom plate for the Arduino Robot, adding jumbo LEDs and displaying readings from an ultrasonic distance sensor to the LCD.


        • FORTHdsPIC on a MicroStick

          Bill Marshall

          The last episode of the FORTHdsPIC saga introduced version 0.5 with its new ability to work in an embedded ‘turnkey’ application. I thought I’d take a break from adding new functionality and try porting it across to a more mainstream platform – the Microchip MicroStick II. Production of a User Manual also seemed to be a good idea.


          • Big-budget, Low-budget & Recycled Space Explorers

            Bill Marshall

            As I type this, a dramatic rescue operation is underway far out in space. OK it’s not exactly Apollo 13 and the spacecraft involved is an old unmanned NASA science probe called ISEE-3 launched back in 1978. At the same time the first ‘official’ UK CubeSat UKube-1 has begun orbiting the Earth. These low-budget projects have rather overshadowed the approaching climax of the big-budget ESA Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet.


            • AIR-Robotique


              Petite présentation de notre association : l'AIR-Robotique (Anciens Ingénieurs de Roanne en Robotique), ainsi que du robot autonome créé pour la Coupe de France de Robotique 2014.