Hopping Into The Future Across Distant World SpaceDaily

A small hopping robot with froglike abilities that moves by a combination of rolls and hops to its desired destination may someday hop a ride to an asteroid and leap its way to other planets in the search for water. The frogbot, featured as the “robot of the month” in the Robot Watch news section of Discover magazine’s December issue, weighs in at 1.3 kilograms (3 pounds) and is powered by a single motor. It is equipped with a camera, solar panels, sensors and onboard computer that executes commands autonomously, making the robot ideally suitable for exploration of distant planets, comets and asteroids.