Clark School Home UMD

ISR News Story

Akin, Principal Investigator for NASA award

ISR-affiliated Associate Professor Dave Akin (AE/ISR) is the Principal Investigator for a three-year NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring the Planets (ASTEP) award valued at $3,075,094.

NASA's ASTEP program combines the science and technology communities to enable future space missions to determine whether life exists or has existed outside Earth. Through a detailed, collaborative analysis of Earth's extreme environments, NASA believes it can better prepare to understand analogous systems elsewhere. The focus of ASTEP projects is to validate and improve existing technology, preparing it for future flight missions to test for life in the solar system and beyond.

In the project, Akin's Space Systems Laboratory will adapt its space robotics technology to build a dexterous robot arm for deep submergence activities. It will integrate this manipulator onto the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's SeaBed autonomous underwater vehicle and send it under the Arctic ice cap to sample marine life around hydrothermal vents at a depth of 4,000 meters. Story

January 1, 2004


Prev   Next

 

 

Current Headlines

ECE Names 2018-2019 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water

Professor: Snow melt drives not only spring flooding, but summer droughts

Algorithms and Autonomous Discovery

Machine Learning's Translational Medicine

Espy-Wilson Honored at UMD’s First to ADVANCE Celebration

Timothy J. Regan to deliver Kirlin/Whiting-Turner Lecture on April 18

Former ISR Visiting Scientist Takeo Yokoyama stops in

Measuring Change in the Atmosphere

Engineering a Testudo

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar