NASA Is Funding a Swarm of Robotic Bees to Explore Mars



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17 Apr 2018 01:58 - +2326
Hmm As a fan of Black Mirror I feel like this could be a bad idea in the long run.
17 Apr 2018 02:02 - +1916
There's an episode of the X-Files where the agents find out that ETs really are already on our planet, and they have been for thousands of years if not longer but because of the limits of interstellar travel they never came to Earth "in the flesh." Instead, they created artificial locusts that are indistinguishable from regular Earth-locusts, only they're secretly cameras transmitting information back to the ET home world. This makes me think of that.
17 Apr 2018 04:00 - +471
What's this? An alien planet woefully underpopulated by bees? This briefcase of robotic space bees ought to put a stop to that!
17 Apr 2018 02:49 - +236
The article doesn't mention how much this program is being funded. Like is it a few million to build a single prototype, or is it in the scale of a few 100 million?
17 Apr 2018 00:55 - +92
Now that's the right way to do it! 😁😁😁 We should do this to every planet.
17 Apr 2018 02:00 - +82
Failing that, they’ll just release them here on Earth.
17 Apr 2018 03:15 - +22
The robo-bees need to be self replicating with hunter search routines.
17 Apr 2018 03:17 - +21
What makes them like bees? Do they have stingers or collect pollen or maybe they make robot honey? Or are the just drones and nasa making robot bees sounds cooler?
17 Apr 2018 03:53 - +18
[Here's an actual source from NASA webpage](https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2018_Phase_I_Phase_II/Marsbee_Swarm_of_Flapping_Wing_Flyers_for_Enhanced_Mars_Exploration) [Here's a source that mentions $125k in funding](https://phys.org/news/2018-04-nasa-funds-feasibility-robot-bees.html) >NASA describes the Marsbees as about the size of a bumblebee, but with bigger wings—approximately the size of a cicada. Officials at the agency are interested in determining if flapping might be a better option than fixed wing configurations or rotors. They note that the Japanese group has demonstrated expertise in developing robots that fly using flapping wings and has even demonstrated one that actually works—the hummingbird micro-air vehicle (MAV). >The project is still in the very early stages, of course. It is **one of 25 research projects funded**
17 Apr 2018 03:44 - +14
I, for one, welcome our new robotic bee overlords.
17 Apr 2018 02:53 - +12
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17 Apr 2018 04:12 - +9
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17 Apr 2018 04:37 - +6
When i saw *Bees* Im thinking, why do rocks need to be pollinated? Honestly I think something in the lines of a dragonfly would do better, Its larger, bigger wing span for flight.
17 Apr 2018 04:26 - +6
I want nasa to fund a swarm of robotic bees to help the real bees pollinate the earth
17 Apr 2018 04:38 - +5
Before you get too excited, NASA funds a lot of tech development studies. 99% of them will never see actual use in space.
17 Apr 2018 04:07 - +5
Everything's fine and dandy until the bees gain intelligence, form a martian bee society and invade earth when they run out of resources.
17 Apr 2018 03:38 - +4
Can anyone explain how lift is maintained with such a thin atmosphere?
17 Apr 2018 04:54 - +4
Whats this? A handsome planetary mass woefully under populated by bees? Perhaps an addition of BEES will help!
17 Apr 2018 04:48 - +4
Is this how Terraformars started, but with bees?
17 Apr 2018 03:43 - +3
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17 Apr 2018 04:06 - +2
Literally a plot of 1964 [The Invincible by Stanisław Lem](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invincible). I wonder if they still had the same idea after reading that novel.
17 Apr 2018 05:11 - +2
Robotic bees? ...what could POSSIBLY go wrong? And yet, I love it. *DID YOU HEAR THAT, FUTURE ROBOTIC BEE OVERLORDS? I SAID, I'M ON YOUR SIDE.*
17 Apr 2018 04:51 - +2
This was an x file episode. Mulder finds robot cockroaches. Has a theory that aliens explore with insects.
17 Apr 2018 04:02 - +2
Isn't this kind of the plot to Jupiter Ascends?
17 Apr 2018 03:23 - +2
And once again *The Simpsons: Hit & Run* for GameCube proves to be eerily prophetic...
17 Apr 2018 09:00 - +1
Do you want Black Mirror? Cuz that’s how you get Black Mirror!
17 Apr 2018 08:46 - +1
NASA didn't you learn anything from that black mirror episode? We all know how this will end.
17 Apr 2018 05:33 - +1
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17 Apr 2018 08:45 - +1
Pretty sure I saw this article on The Onion 2 days ago
17 Apr 2018 06:43 - +1
What's this, a planet woefully underpopulated by bees? A probe full of bees ought to put a stop to that.
17 Apr 2018 08:54 - +1
Now what they really need is a machine capable of making the bees from Martian materials. Then when two bees love each other very much, they can mix up their code and send it to the bee making machine. What could go wrong?
17 Apr 2018 07:54 - +1
Wait wait wait NASA has swarms of robotic bees?? That's it. We live in an episode of Black Mirror.
17 Apr 2018 09:02 - +1
so, we're littering the place before we even set foot on it. heh
17 Apr 2018 08:26 - +1
Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 6: Hated in the Nation
17 Apr 2018 06:56 - +1
Why don't we just send a 3D printer and CNC machine up there? Every time NASA has an idea, just print it out and gather data. Seriously though, why build a rover that moves slower than sloth balls to do 100 different tasks? Just a single hub with a satellite, cnc, and 3d printer with all the components to make whatever they want. With a set up like this we could have a large portion of a colony built by the time we get there (some assembly required).
17 Apr 2018 07:20 - +1
Is they African and Robotic? J.k. That sounds awesome. Interested to hear more about it. I, have a bee joke, to share, I invented it, in Spanish. Yet, here it is, translated. Plot: Bees at a party. One bee, gets a pint of beer, then halfway through the pint, asks another bee "Is, this party jam packed, or, is it, my hexagonal eyes?" pra
17 Apr 2018 03:19 - +1
This sounds like it’s coming straight out of a Bradbury novel.
17 Apr 2018 07:48 - +1
Let me make a prediction of this: the bees are a failure and can't handle the atmosphere on Mars so somebody has the king idea of sending a fuckton of cockroaches instead. Edit: aaaaand only after I posted this I realized they were talking about robotic bees. Fml.

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