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[Wired] NASA Considers Tractor Beams for Future Rovers

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...tractor-beams/

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NASA is exploring ways to use tractor beams in future robotic probe missions. The agency has recently awarded a team of engineers $100,000 to study three experimental techniques for trapping small particles with lasers.

Spacecraft flying by comets and asteroids or rovers landing on Mars could use the methods to continuously sample their target.

While such technology has been used in biological and surgical applications for years, there has been little work on using it for remote sensing in space, said Paul Stysley, a NASA engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who leads the group studying the techniques.
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Pretty interesting stuff... I hadn't actually read much on this subject if at all before. Never knew such a thing really could exist...
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The first technique, optical tweezers, is already common in biology laboratories. This method uses a pair of lasers with beams that travel in opposite directions. Changing the intensity of one beam heats air around trapped particles and can cause them to travel toward a probe, essentially creating an optical conveyor belt. But this technology can only be used when an atmosphere is present, so while it could work on some planets, it won’t work in the vacuum of space.
Very interesting indeed.
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first the death star laser now tractor beams...
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Science fiction truly does inspire real life inventions. Look at some really old sci fi, like HG Wells and Jules Verne, and you'll see trends like spaceflight that made their way into real life. Only a matter of time before we're terraforming, warping and teleporting like nobody's business. Might not happen in our lifetime, but it'll happen.
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The way this was described, I couldn't help but think of1982 Tron



If they can suspend particles in laser beam, maybe zapping astronauts across cosmos could be a reality.
    
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Needs more photon torpedoes!
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Lets hope this program doesn't get cancelled. Wasn't the robotic probes aspect of NASA on a certain politician's list of things to slash in the proposed budget?
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$100,000? Wow NASA is really feeling the budget crunch. A decade ago they would have dumped $10 million into this.

I am not complaining though. $100,000 should be more than enough to do some preliminary research in this field. That has been my largest complaint about NASA...everything they do is so over-the-top expensive for no reason. In 1981 $100,000 wouldn't have paid for the fiesability study of the ability for humans in space to breath without air.
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Just gimme a lightsaber an call it quits.
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Science fiction truly does inspire real life inventions. Look at some really old sci fi, like HG Wells and Jules Verne, and you'll see trends like spaceflight that made their way into real life. Only a matter of time before we're terraforming, warping and teleporting like nobody's business. Might not happen in our lifetime, but it'll happen.
Neal Stephenson recently wrote an article about the lack of scientific/technological breakthroughs was partially due to the lack of really good science fiction. The kids who read sci-fi today go on to become the scientists/engineers of tomorrow.
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