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    Crew members onboard a space station or other spacecraft need robotic helpers to be their eyes and ears…and sensors. “Inspectors” can be our barking dog in space-- to provide early warning detection. For example, a crew member may hear the ding of space debris outside the vehicle and need an extra set of sensitive “sensor-ed” eyes to look outside to inspect the damage and report back to the crew inside. The threat could be from excessive heat and radiation, bad air quality, or the accelerated motion of an oncoming object. Sensor-ed detection devices can be useful on Earth for use in situations of diminished visibility or with wheelchairs and walking canes.

    For example, NASA’s SPHERES program – Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites--consist of three free flying vehicles inside the International Space Station identifiable by their shell colors of Red, Blue, and Orange. Initially the SPHERES were designed for testing of control theory algorithms. The Satellites are about the size and mass of a bowling ball and use cold gas thrusters (CO2) to propel the vehicles around a fixed experimental volume. The SHERES program currently operates out of the Japanese Experimental Module (JEM) inside the International Space Station. SPHERES uses ultrasound beacons as a metrology system to identify its position in conjunction with accelerometers, and gyroscopes. This program gives us great ideas for potential applications of sensor data on spacecraft.


    Can you navigate through a potentially hazardous obstacle course by relying solely on sensor data from a mobile or handheld device? Put together a stream of applicable sensor data of your choice to guide forward movement or to gauge when to stop based on danger or impediments. Use your imagination.


    • Put together a stream of applicable sensor data of your choice to guide forward movement or to gauge when to stop based on danger or impediments.
    • You can make your own determination of what sensor data to use: latitude, longitude, altitude, orientation, gravitational force, magnetic north, true north, gyroscope, ultrasound, pitch, yaw, rotation rate, emissions, speed, sound, smell, camera or video feed, or others you can think of.
    • Use sensors and processors to send commands to your device – whether handheld, robot, or mobile platform – to enable you to take action without harm. The commands can be through sound, vibration, or more.
    • Be creative!

    Sample Resources (Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • Ulysses Explorer - finding the hazards so you don't have too!

      A mobile sensor platform that provides a test platform for various sets of sensors, telemetry and communications to those whom matter most the humans. Creating sensors that will provide timely and advanced warning of person hazards can be hazardous to create and thus the Ulysses Explorer avoids ... Visit Project

    • AstroHealth

    • Columbus

      Our aim is to design a rover that will explore uncharted territories and create a rudimentary map of the surroundings that it will explore based on data received from various sensors and GPS coordinates. Although the complexity of this project can be increased by using various sensors, we are... Visit Project

    • Exo Explorers Reborn

      It aims to perform everyday tasks for astronauts which include sensor data information. It also has the ability to handle a series of very common problems in the ISS like extinguishing fire with aerosols,detecting amonia leaks, monitoring the health condition of astronauts, all using different ki... Visit Project

    • P-TECH Sensor Bot

      The project aims to build a robot that provides a variety of environmental sensors to provide feedback to the driver: -gas sensor -light sensor -temperature sensor -humidity sensor The driver can use a robot of this type to evaluate an environmental conditions before entering in person. Visit Project

    • Wireless sensor networks in space technologies

      The development of wireless sensor networks is an essential project for anyone interested in wireless communications for sensor networks, home networking, or device hacking. It is our first step in becoming proficient in making these space systems. No engineering or computer science background is... Visit Project

    • ICARO: educational robotics

      Our objective is to build a robot using open hardware and open software. We will use electronics parts that easily accessible in third world countries and reuse of material for structure. This will be an example that robotics can be done with basic knowledge of electronics. Finally we challenge s... Visit Project

    • Third Eye

      Third Eye consists of a system of autonomous devices such as self-driven rovers which can navigate unknown areas without being guided. Such a device collects periodic data about its environment and important events (such as dangers, warnings, potential sources of interest) and upload them on a se... Visit Project

    • PolyRobotics

      HUMAN/ASTRONAUT Our approach in improving astronaut enviroment is in improving materials and way of using sensors and their circuits. NEW MATERIAL - REPLACING METAL CONDUCTORS: Replacing metal conductors with liquid conductors. Material based on carbon paint is an ideal conductive mate... Visit Project

    • Foreseen (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4sLYUJEaxZ3d1VQenVQQnU5Umc/view?usp=sharing)

      Robots had been developed for the first time to help human-s- do what-is impossible. Human-s perception can be improved or sometimes replaced by robotic sensors. Our objective is to design a robot that can substitute for losing a desperately important sense which is sight. Our robot is a walki... Visit Project

    • Lassie

      We establish a set of rules for LASSIE compliant autonomous devices and with a prototype built from Lego EV3 and cunning software attempt to create the required capabilities and behaviours to recognise communication failures, assess damage and where needed fetch appropriate assistance. Visit Project

    • Drop Hormigas

      It is based on the challenge of "Sensor Yourself". Ant type developed a robot which is able to move any inaccessible to humans and using sensors recognize the quality of oxygen, temperature, accelerated movement of an approaching object. We can take actions to these problems through facial recogn... Visit Project

    • Sensor your Swarm

      The robotic system's architecture is divided into **three layers**, at the lowest place lies the mini-robots (*miniBots*) which randomly measure parameters all over the field. Each of this independent units carries *two sensors*: the first one is used to measure risky gases, such as butane or mon... Visit Project

    • FertyBot

      The FertyBot project is basically about life, the group is convinced that the idea facilitates exploration through the use of different technologies in space. This project will focus on shifting tedious tasks for astronauts. Our project can record environment variables time to time, alerting if... Visit Project

    • SELENE

      Information system for quake detection, seismic monitoring, disaster prevention and energy production in the feature from planet’s low frequency activity. Visit Project

    • Gamma Rover

      Long term space exploration carries many risks including exposure to harmful ionizing radiation. This project uses SPHERES platform robots to improve mobile detection of health threats from gamma radiation in large spacecraft or space stations. Gamma ray sensors can detect damage to shielding fro... Visit Project

    • Space Station Safety Network

      General Network Workings --------------------------------- -A sensor network that provides full surface coverage is installed on the space station -Each node contains a cluster of useful sensors 1. Temperature sensor 2. Atomic oxygen sensor 3. Pressure sensor ... Visit Project

    • SpaceSloth

      Space Sloth Wearable Navigation Technology Using an Intel Edison our team created a device and application to allow visually or otherwise impaired people to navigate obstacles as directed by tactile feedback from a smartwatch. The technology can be implemented in numerous space applications, ... Visit Project

    • BasicBot basic robot, easy to perform

      Our project: Basic Bot What is BasicBot? BasicBot as the name says, a basic robot, easy to do and program, since it does not need very hard to find materials or very advanced knowledge on robotics. BasicBot is a robot that can build from motor cables and other components you already are not us... Visit Project


      Robot moves by analysing data from ultrasonic sensors avoiding obstacles. It also senses the ambient temperature, soil’s moistures, acceleration of the robot and smoke .To get samples and to save robot from hazardous condition, it detects lava tubes which are at the nearest distance from its vici... Visit Project

    • Basicbot

      What is BasicBot? BasicBot as the name says, a basic robot, easy to do and program, since it does not need very hard to find materials or very advanced knowledge on robotics. BasicBot is a robot that can build from motor cables and other components you already are not using at home, and an Ard... Visit Project

    • Space Sense

      the rovers have to fly through millions of miles of deep space and target a very precise spot to land. Adjustments to their flight paths can be made along the way, but a small trajectory error can result in a big detour and or even missing the planet completely. The space environment isn't frien... Visit Project

    • Thruster Drone

      Build and Design a drone that consists of a regenerated and clean fuel system that consists of a water condenser connected to an electrolysis that decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen , besides it uses oxygen as thrust propellant and it stores oxygen in a container to be used in case of dange... Visit Project

    • Tracking and Sensing Through Android Robotics

      We always hear about revolutionizing robots or innovative machines assisting the global community, leading this major wave of technological innovation. This isn't, however, the reality in Nepal, and we want to change this condition. Building robots in Nepal hasn't only been a question of high... Visit Project

    • 3D AstroMed Devices - Adaptation of Space Suit

      Use and advantages: 1. Astronaut loses no time to return to medication in case of problems. 2. The trouble of saving medication. 3. Preventive treated disease. 4. Decreased risk of death caused by pathological problems in the space (In the worst case). How does he do it? It is a small panel... Visit Project

    • Project Frank

      In this project we aimed to foresee and prevent the gas poisoning which occurs every day in our daily life by computing the deployments of the dangerous gases in covered places and visualizing it as a simulation. Different methods are examined on this aim. In the experiments the deployment of... Visit Project

    • EME NUST

      The objective of the robot is to get access to remote locations and provide the feedback of the sensors mounted on to it. Our robot can move in autonomous and semi-autonomous modes. In autonomous mode, the robot makes use of the static image of the maze and then plans the path accordingly. In th... Visit Project

    • SMITE

      SMITE stands for SPHERES Intervention & Timely Evaluation. Tackling the Sensor Yourself Challenge, we aim to upgrade the existent SPHERES satellites with an extension “tail” that allows for multiple mods and sensors to be installed. Thus, the astronauts and mission control can remotely assess haz... Visit Project

    • Resonance Patrol Rover

      Resonance Patrol Rover (ResPat) relays video, sound detection and warning information to allow an operator safe passage through a hostile terrain with water, lava and an enemy base. Visit Project

    • smart chair

      test 2 Visit Project

    • Tormes

      # Objetivo Servir como sistema de monitoreo del entorno para ayudar en la toma de decisiones y así evitar que el usuario sufra algún accidente que ponga en riesgo su integridad física. # ¿Cómo funciona? ##Medir Gracias a un grupo de sensores ubicados en una plataforma desmontable se puede o... Visit Project

    • SensesExtenderBot

      Pendiente. Visit Project

    • 6th Sense-or

      6th sense-or allows “augmented” navigation in an hazardous environment. This is a functional package that optimizes the power consumption necessary to complete the recognition operations. The project is made up of a smartphone app interacting with an autonomous rover equipped with air support (q... Visit Project

    • Inertial Navigation System (INS)

      Using INS technology combined with LIDAR and other sensors to locate the relative position of objects in hardly accessible arias and mapping these arias with height resolution in the process. ## Sensors in-use: Compass Accelerometer Gyroscope LIDAR (Laser detection and ranging) GPS (Glo... Visit Project

    • Databot

      For example, databot can be asked to monitor health parameters of the astronauts. Databot can monitor individuals health is within acceptable range. Databot can also see if there is any trend like one astronauts reading is behaving differently than the team, or the average of the team and so on. ... Visit Project

    • DropHormiga

      Está basado en el reto de “Sensor Yourself”. Desarrollamos un robot tipo hormiga que es capaz de moverse por cualquier lugar inaccesible para el ser humano y reconocer por medio de sensores la calidad del oxígeno, temperatura, movimiento acelerado de un objeto acercándose. Podemos tomar acciones ... Visit Project

    • Imagination Physics-Robotic AI Simulation

      * navigation of complex three dimensional scenes * real time adaptive learning * high level problem solving * scalable GPU acceleration * artificial long-term memory * high speed robotics Visit Project

    • Drop Hormiga

      It is based on the challenge of "Sensor Yourself". Ant type developed a robot which is able to move any inaccessible to humans and using sensors recognize the quality of oxygen, temperature, accelerated movement of an approaching object. We can take actions to these problems through facial recogn... Visit Project

    • SpaceHunterGT

      SpaceHunter uses two raspberries to control the robot. SpaceHunter uses temperature sensors, distance sensors, proximity sensors and video streaming for the remote control. SpaceHunter can be controlled from a mobile device or a computer. Visit Project

    • Deimos Project

      - At first, space is full of elements that can affect people who is up there (or down?). Deimos is designed for exploration. There are several sensors included in it, such as: * Temperature * Butane * CO2 * Ultrasound * Humidity and * UV radiation This way we can... Visit Project

    • SATDAT

      Our project aims to make data from space more accessible to the public. We use multiple sensors to record data about the satellite's status and upload this data to a website, which hobbyists around the world can utilize. The collected data is similar to the data gathered by actual scientists that... Visit Project

    • TweetBot

      TweetBot it's a navigation system adaptable to any vehicle capable of guide, warn and assist people in space travels. It has a proximity sensor that indicates barriers or obstacles for the user. All the instruction are excecuted by the microcontroller which indicats the robot whether to move , st... Visit Project

    • eyeSpace

      We tasked ourselves to create a rover(#eyeSpace) that is able to evade obstacles on it's line of sight. It does this though the proximity sensor mounted on the rover. It detects the obstacle in its line of sight in range of 180 degrees. It evades the obstacle. It moves towards an open area. ... Visit Project

    • ProSense Sensor Yourself

      The main objective of the project is the protection of the astronaut from potential “flying” objects which can be hazardous to the astronaut’s life as well as measurement of vital parameters to determine his physical state. The sensors integrated in the gadget include: Motion, IR, ultrasonic, t... Visit Project

    • Project SCILA

      Project SCILA (Sensors Control Integrated For Lives Of Astronauts) is a prototype that allows important information such as radiation, temperature, or the accelerated motion of an oncoming object ... and inform to astronaut in real time. Using ArduSat Project, with the following parts: - An Ard... Visit Project

    • Space protector

      we created a car that can be controlled by mobile application, so this car is surrounded by sensors so it display the values of the on the internet page where you can be able to see the light humidity,geographical location, distance between the object,smoke and temperature of where the car is at... Visit Project

    • Recognition Enviroment Instrument (REI)

      El dispositivo cuenta con una programación en LabView con la cual se pretende adquirir los datos del medio ambiente mediante sensores, dichos sensores una vez acoplados permiten tener un sistema completo de información del entorno que con esto estaríamos cumpliendo con el objetivo de que las per... Visit Project

    • connected spheres in space station

      the connected sphere allows the astronaut to control the environment of the space station from the exchange of orders and informations with the sphere The sphere contains a intelligent system based on embedded sensors that can detect multiple physical phenomenon the sensors used are: ... Visit Project

    • RoboDAQ_mx

      Being an efficient option for extraterrestrial exploration vehicle using a graphical interface and biometric control. A helmet which generates an image in the viewfinder and manipulate our vehicle with the help of a glove that measures the movement of the hand built, also includes a video camera ... Visit Project

    • salvus web

      #General Network Design# - A sensor network that provides full surface coverage installed on the space station - Each node contains a cluster of useful sensors 1. Temperature sensor 2. Atomic oxygen sensor 3. Vibration sensor 4. Pressure sensor 5. Ultrasonic sens... Visit Project

    • Toward HyperLocation for Everyone

      << Fore more exciting applications with precise positioning system>> https://youtu.be/5H0Y0b2fRu0 Positioning and navigation features are now pervasive in everyday devices, and an essential technology for precise agriculture or auto-pilot driving. Common implementations provide a 10 meters ... Visit Project

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