The fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more are advancing in robotics. Some of these robotic machines are full automatic and some require human input to work. Robots are extending our capabilities to grasp and works as our surrogates where human capabilities are not enough.
NASA has launched dozens satellites, some of them are now in orbit around our moon and four planets, and two more are launched on the way to Ceres and Pluto.
- Small robots dancing during a contest organized on October 17, 2012, attached with the faces of “Gangnam Style” singer Psy, representing the strategies of robots for future use in Seoul, South Korea.
- This is X-37B, an autonomous spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on June 16, 2012. This spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011 where in-orbit experiments were conducted during a 15-month undercover mission, as told by the officials. This image was captured from a video availed by the Vandenberg Air Force Base showing its landing.
- NASA’s Cassini orbiter captured a close view of Saturn’s small moon named Phoebe. This image is showing bright shadowy strips resembling ice revealed by settling of crater walls, which shows that Phoebe is an icy-rich body overlaid with a thin layer of dark material. This week also completes fifteen years of Cassini’s launch which was launched back in 1997.
- Ideen Park fair organized by the German steel company ThyssenKrupp AG to encourage youth’s to move forward in the careers of science and technology. It is the picture of a robot gestures at the fair in Essen, Germany, on August 13, 2012.
- Two robotic legged squad support system (LS3) machines following a technician during a demonstration at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, on September 10, 2012, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency.
- On March 5, 2012 a robot performing pole dance at the Tobit Software booth prior to the opening of the CeBIT IT fair in Hanover, Germany.
- A French company Fly-n-Sense, developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, which flies over Mont-de-Marsan, France, on July 12, 2012. It was tested by French firefighters in the Landes forest region as an advanced forest ivestigation system which will monitor fire outbreaks.
- A robot sitting before Buddhist monks, in a ceremony held to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Lord Buddha when they were praying during a mass alms-offering ceremony at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok, on June 19, 2012.
- The Andros F6A robot is carrying a bag containing an explosive device during a hostile terror attack at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, on June 20, 2012 which was controlled by U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal team members.
- Scene captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on sol 50 of its journey showing the vast view of far away Martian hills to the northeast, and rocky terrain in the foreground.
- “Rex”, a Robotic Exoskeleton is a system allows paralyzed persons and wheelchair users to stand by themselves without any help. She is Sophie Morgan, walking with the help of Rex at the Welcome Trust on September 19, 2012 in London, England who was paralyzed from the breast bone down in 2003 during a car accident.
- A Puma unmanned aerial vehicle in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2012 was launched by a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dylan Ferguson, a brigade airmanship element officer with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
- Wall-Ye model designed by French engineer Christophe Millot, to crop vines. Picture clicked during a press presentation near Macon, France, on October 12, 2012, in Pouilly Fuisse vineyard. It is a robot with four wheels and two metal arms, has six web cameras, sizing 50 by 60 centimeter. This robot rolls between grapevines, examines the soil and the grapes. The engineer says that after getting well trained Wall-Ye will be able to crop up to 600 vines per day for which he has been researching on the project for the past three years.
- In Eastern Antarctica a free-swimming robot submarine operator beneath sea ice was developed by scientists, with the help of which the first three dimensional map of the surface beneath Antarctic sea ice was produced. It helped them better to understand the impact of climate change on Antarctica. From eight countries a team of scientists took accurate measurements of the thickness of Antarctic sea ice using a robot submarine to know more about the frozen and inverted world of mountains and valleys.
- This is a robotic Legged Squad Support System (LS3) developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency resembling a headless horse tracking on September 10, 2012 during a demonstration at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia. The LS3 is being developed to carry heavy loads and equipment over a variety of terrain, to be used by U. S. A.