Special Issue "Biomimetic Design and Techniques for Space Applications"
A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: biomimetics; space manipulator control; rover terramechanics; planetary drilling; robotic astrobiology; hybrid artificial intelligence; 3D-printing in-situ resources; self-replicating machines
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Bioinspired engineering has become increasingly popular over the last decade or more, whereby biological organisms have inspired engineering solutions to human problems. Biological organisms are crafted through evolution by natural selection, permitting solutions that are inherently different from those designed through rational engineering processes. Bioinspiration however does not imply blind aping of biology but requires the human engineer to abstract biological solutions in form suitable to the engineered application. For space application, we must abstract biological principles from terrestrial biology that evolved on Earth and apply them to alien environments for which no extraterrestrial organisms exist as models. The space environment, and planetary environments in particular, offer a diverse variety of physical conditions that are challenging to the engineer and require considerable ingenuity of design in our exploration machines. Nature potentially offers lessons that can be applied to engineering of spacecraft, landers, rovers, submersible, aircraft and other vehicles for exploring beyond Earth. This Special Issue on “Biomimetic Design and Techniques for Space Application” seeks to bring together a snapshot of state-of-the-art biomimetic approaches to all aspects of space mission analysis and design including biomimetic applications to space robotics. We envisage that providing open access will offer a wide readership with a broad exposure to biomimetics in challenging environments that will spur further growth in biomimetics in providing innovative solutions to the difficult problems encountered in spaceflight. We invite submissions across the broadest spectrum of bioinspiration applied to space exploration.
Dr. Alex Ellery
Manuscript Submission Information
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- structure and biomechanism
- mobility systems
- neural networks
- evolutionary techniques
- artificial intelligence
- scientific instruments