The four "Swarmies" robots on a table with the software simulation used to develop the program to control the robots. (NASA/Dmitri Gerondidakis)
NASA's Kurt Leucht, from left, is working with undergraduate intern Gil Montague and post-graduate intern Karl Stolleis to develop the software that will control independent robots in a way that mimics the process ants use to scout for and then collect resources. (NASA/Dmitri Gerondidakis)
The prototype-mining robot called RASSOR will be incorporated into the "swarmie" tests to see how well the software translates to different robotic vehicles. RASSOR is a concept robotic vehicle evaluating designs for a future craft that could work on another world. (NASA)
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