NASA Langley testing robotic arm for future space missions

The NASA logo on a protective box for a camera near the space shuttle Endeavour April 28, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as preparations are under way for an April 29 launch of Endeavour, which will be its last flight. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, Va. – NASA’s Langley Research Center is in the middle of testing new technology, including a high tech robotic arm.

The project is in hopes of advancing technologies to be able to autonomously construct large platforms in space, which is being conducted in collaboration with industry partners, according to NASA.

NASA most recently tested its Tension Actuated in Space MANipulator (TALISMAN), using it to demonstrate deployment of a solar array.

NASA is also testing the Strut Assembly, Manufacturing, Utility & Robotic Aid (SAMURAI) and NASA Intelligent Jigging and Assembly Robot (NINJAR) to demonstrate autonomous truss building.

To learn more about this project and other NASA developments, click here.