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Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor : NASA

Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor: NASA

NASA, is developing a snake-like robot known as Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) which it says can boost space exploration through its diverse adaptability to various terrains.

  • Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) is a mobile instrument platform conceived to explore internal terrain structures, assess habitability and ultimately search for evidence of life.
  • It is designed to be adaptable to traverse ocean-world-inspired terrain, fluidized media, enclosed labyrinthian environments and liquids.
  • It is a snake-like robot that that can move through rough terrain.
  • Its purpose is to examine the surface of Saturn’s moon and determine whether life is present.
  • EELS allows for deeper exploration into areas that were once unattainable.
  • It is made of multiple, identical, segments containing both the actuation and propulsion mechanisms as well as the power and communication electronics to drive them.
  • EELS uses first-of-a-kind rotating propulsion units that act as tracks, gripping mechanisms and propeller units underwater, enabling the robot to access a plume vent exit and follow it to its ocean source.