NASA’s underneath-ice rover takes fish pics in heat waters
NASA has began testing its new Buoyant Rover for Beneath-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) prototype, and as you’ll be able to see above, it appears markedly totally different from its predecessor. It is taller, thicker, has rotating segments to have the ability to take footage from totally different instructions and may stand up to depths as much as seven hundred ft. This prototype additionally has communications gear and sensors just like these used for Mars Dice One. That is the communications CubeSat slated to escort the InSight lander to the pink planet. The company lately put the brand new BRUIE to the check for a couple of days inside a 188,000-gallon tank on the California Science Middle, the place it spent its time taking photographs of tropical fish. It was hooked up to a nook and did not have its wheels within the aquarium, nevertheless it’ll most probably get them again for its subsequent check run close to one of many planet’s poles.
See, BRUIE is known as a rover, as a result of it was designed to drift, with two wheels that may roll alongside the underside of ice sheets. It clearly has large potential to be used within the Arctic and the Antarctic, however NASA has one thing extra extraterrestrial in thoughts. The company’s hoping it could possibly use the rover to discover icy worlds sometime, notably moons coated in ice crusts, like Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus.
[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]