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The SmartSuit, a spacesuit designed in mind for planetary exploration of the Moon and Mars, incorporates soft robotics technology, lending better mobility and dexterity to the astronauts and allowing them to better interact with their surroundings during extravehicular activities (EVA). The technology was recently selected for a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I grant.

New SmartSuit Promises a Better Fit for Astronauts

By: Jan McHarg

NASA’s Management and Development of Spacesuits audit in 2017 noted that NASA continues to manage an array of design and health risks associated with the current suit worn in space, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). A new intelligent hybrid SmartSuit design proposed by Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles from Texas A&M University has the potential to solve some of these issues. Her co-investigator, Dr. Robert Shepherd, associate professor at Cornell University, will analyze material and mechanical metrics for manufacturing the SmartSuit and will also perform preliminary experimental validation of its... Read more

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Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao Named to “AACYF Top 30 under 30” in “Art, Culture, Science”

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Ph.D. student in the Erickson Lab, has been named to All America Chinese Youth Federation’s (AACYF) Top 30 under 30 – Class of 2019 Elites, in the “Art, Culture, Science” category. The list was released by the AACYF, LAPOST, Chinese American Institute for Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles on March 18, 2019. This annual list features young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars among Chinese in the United States. Read more in English or in Chinese. Read more

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Cornell named to Top Ten Best Robotics Colleges

Students studying robotics at Cornell University can learn about various facets of Robotics – including perception, learning, control, and human-robot interaction. The team utilizes several robots for research and learning purposes: aerial robots, humanoids, office and home assistant robots, and autonomous cars, among others. Click here to read the full article and listing. Read more

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Kids and adults learned how to make wind turbine blades and got to test them.

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 more than 50 kids and adults learned how to make wind turbine blades and tested them in the mini-wind tunnel at the Ithaca Sciencenter helped by Cornell students in the ‘MAE4120 Community Wind Energy Research’ course led by Professor Rebecca J Barthelmie. Two activities were really popular – designing blades to lift weights and designing blades to light a diode, although improving the designs proved just as popular. Students in MAE4120 are spending the semester researching leading edge erosion of wind turbine blades and were happy to put their knowledge to work in... Read more