Stanford engineers design a robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

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Researchers combine gecko-inspired adhesives and a custom robotic gripper to create a device for grabbing space debris. They tested their gripper in multiple zero gravity settings, including the International Space Station. Music: "Airglow" by Stellardrone

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Adrien Ufferte : That's incredible! Cleaning up space debris so soon in our process of polluting it will be a fantastic gift for future generations!

Adlin Ling : Silicon dioxide?

mrvzhao : Astronauts from STS-49 certainly wish they had this gripper :-)

MisterBassBoost : Fantastic!

Kent VanderVelden : That's really neat. Does anyone know about the side-lit panel at 1:17? Is it using UV to highlight points of contact or is it a more sophisticated pressure mapping device?

muhammad mashfukh : what the material ? to make it

OrphanPaper : what no tentacle whips

Michael Rada : I am the man behind INDUSTRY 5.0 and INDUSTRIAL UPCYCLING and one of my projects was cleaning up the space debris, but have to concentrate on Earth more. The flaps you present would be very helpful in many industrial and logistics environments and if appreciated we can run the test in many industrial environments and factories which I teach to prevent waste happen.

semih oguzcan : Nice, I can see how this can be used to feed children in poverty.