Monday, September 12, 2005

Self-repairing spacecraft skin

The team at CSIRO, Australia's national research organisation, is working with NASA on the project and has so far created a model skin made up of 192 separate cells. Behind each cell is an impact sensor and a processor equipped with algorithms that allow it to communicate only with its immediate neighbours. Just as ants secrete pheromones to help guide other ants to food, the CSIRO algorithms leave digital messages in cells around the system, indicating for instance the position of the boundary around a damaged region. The cell's processor can use this information to route data around the affected area.

Based, apparently, on ant swarm behavior. How can anyone not love this stuff?


Blogger TheUltimateCyn said...

So - are you and Mac working together on these posts? It's odd... like seeing in double.
I delinked him, but still spy now and then... heehee
But, I prefer to read your version!


12:09 AM  
Blogger razorsmile said...

I won't tell him if you won't :D

9:07 AM  
Blogger TheUltimateCyn said...

Yeah, like he talks to me... uh, not.

11:10 AM  

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