EELS (Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor)
A versatile, snake-like robot designed for exploration of previously inaccessible terrain
EELS 1.0 Mass
EELS 1.0 Length
Potential DestinationsMoon, Earth, Icy Moons
Animal Analog: Snake
About EELS (Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor)
EELS is designed to go places no one has ever seen before, on its own, without real-time human input. The concept for this self-propelled, autonomous robot was inspired by the desire to descend the narrow, geyser-spewing vents in the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in order to look for signs of life in the ocean below.
3D Situational Awareness
The EELS head "sees" and interprets the world using lidar and four stereo camera pairs, creating a 3D map of its environment.
Active Skin Locomotion
Independently actuated counter-rotating screws provide propulsion, traction, and grip on icy terrain and in unconsolidated material like snow and sand.
Many Degrees of Freedom
EELS is able to adopt multiple shape configurations to adapt to varied environments in real time.
EELS’ risk-aware autonomy software is designed so the robot can pick the best path through uncertain terrain and make decisions to keep itself safe.