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Nanosatellite robot Leia. This robot, known as a satbot, is a prototype for a satellite navigation system. Its controls use nervous net technology, designed by the roboticist Mark Tilden for his analogue robot insects. This robot has no pre- programming, but solves problems by reaching an equilibrium with its environment. Any change, for example its own movement, disturbs the analogue wave patterns in its circuitry. These changes are measured by a processor, allowing the robot to make appropriate corrections. It is hoped that satbots similar to Leia will be used in nanosatellite navigation systems. Photographed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA.
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