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Video of  Mailroom Mayday Emergency Preparedness Exercise MAILROOM MAYDAY ... The NASA Glenn Security Operations team demonstrated a Mobile And Remote Sensing HAZMAT Activity (MARSHA) unit at this year's emergency preparedness exercise, "Mailroom Mayday". Participants included the NASA Glenn Optical Instrumentation and NDE Branch Mobile And Remote Sensing (MARS) laboratory team, the NASA Glenn security team and units of local and regional and federal emergency response teams.
Point of Contact: Norman Prokop
Video of First Responder Robot Entering a Bus
First Responder Robots Enter a Bus -- The NASA Glenn Optical Instrumentation and NDE Branch Mobile And Remote Sensing (MARS) laboratory team is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Department to create new and exploit current Glenn robotics and sensor technologies for transfer to the law enforcement community. The MARS team has conducted several demonstrations to prove that robotics systems are capable of responding to weapons of mass destruction/chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear and HAZMAT threats.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video of GRC MARS Cratos First Responder Robot Entering a Park and Ride Bus
The GRC MARS Cratos rover and the mini rover BusBot successfully gain entry to the RTA Park and Ride bus. The Park and Ride bus is particularly vexing as far as robotic entry is concerned due to small passage ways (down to 14.5” across) and a tight entry turn. BusBot is able to visualize under the driver’s seat and up and down the aisle and under passenger seats.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Robot demonstrates stair climbing Robot demonstrates stair climbing capability at Ohio Aerospace Institute -- The MARS team has conducted several demonstrations to prove that robotics systems are capable of responding to weapons of mass destruction/chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear and HAZMAT threats.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video of robot towing a 6400 pound truck Robot demonstrates towing capabilty -- This video shows a robot towing a 6400 poung truck. The MARS team has conducted several demonstrations to prove that robotics systems are capable of responding to weapons of mass destruction/chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear and HAZMAT threats.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Center for Biologically Inspired robotics Research demonstrates Whegs Center for Biologically Inspired robotics Research at Case Western Reserve University demonstrates one example of their Whegs series of robots. Read more ...
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
NASA attempts to find the right design for a lunar excavator The NASA Glenn Cratos, a mobile Load, Haul, Dump technology development vehicle is one of several candidates for the lunar excavator design.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video of Cratos Climbing a Slope Cratos Climbs Slope -- Cratos, a mobile Load, Haul, Dump technology development vehicle, performed regolith excavation, haul, and delivery; crater wall ascent and descent; and compacted simulant excavation mobility operations at a remote test site on the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, as a part of the In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) field tests.
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video of Cratos Delivering a Load to the Pilot Cratos Delivers to Pilot
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video of Cratos Performing its digging test Cratos Delivers to Pilot
Point of Contact: Michael Krasowski
Video tests of one dimensional scanning system using moving fiber OPTICS and PHOTONICS BRANCH Scanning beam shock detector tested -- A one dimensional scanning beam technique developed to detect and locate aerodynamic shocks demonstrates the capability to locate a moving Optical fiber in real time. A small diameter laser beam scans across the flow passage. Distortion of the beam image is used to estimate the location of refractive index variations caused by the shock. In this video, the shock is simulated by an Optical fiber moved across the area of interest while the laser is scanned across the same area. ORANGE BOX is the fiber location. GREY BOX is the position obtained from the software processed camera images. VIDEO TOP is the scan, as seen by an outside observer. MID-VIDEO is the camera imaging. Results show that the movement of the fiber can be recorded in real time. In a 15x15 cm supersonic wind tunnel, tests revealed detectable beam profile changes in the presence of shocks.
Point of Contact: Roger Tokars

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