Researchers have managed to manufacture a robot that is mainly made up of ice, and that is capable of self-repairing each of its parts using this same element.
Space exploration is a very complicated task due to the long distances, and since sending a human being is not always the best option, NASA has been betting much more on the different robots, although unfortunately the breakdowns have not been exactly exempt.
Now researchers are developing robots made entirely of ice that are capable of self-repairing and rebuilding using local ice when landing on other planets, an element that is present in virtually the entire galaxy.
The invention has been presented at the IEEE / RSJ International Conference on Robots and Intelligent Systems (IROS) in the form of a simple and interesting ice machine called IceBot that could be part of the future of space exploration, reports IEEE.
The idea of the researchers is that these robots, upon reaching these types of planets, can repair themselves using ice, creating the pieces that are required to be able to move and survive on these planets. Unfortunately, some solid elements such as the electronic board or batteries cannot be built on ice, and that has a great danger if the ice structure that contains them ends up melting.
Another problem with these robots is that they should counteract or balance the internal heat so that none of its parts melt, which could expose circuitry that cannot be repaired. At the moment the study is very early but they have trained IceBot, at the moment in Antarctic environments. It is a small machine but weighing 6.3 kilos , a robot made by hand by the researchers.
There is still a long way to go for a device of these characteristics to be valid for space exploration, although as ice is present on practically any planet, they could be all advantages.