March 7th, 2014 11:31 AM by Karyn Smith
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A robot revolution will invade Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, March 14th through 16th for the first-ever Robot Rocket RallySM, a three-day festival celebrating the latest in robotic technology from NASA, industry leaders and universities.
Robot Rocket Rally will allow visitors to explore the fascinating world of robots with examples of NASA-developed robots, discover how robotic technology is lending more than just a helping hand to benefit mankind, meet working robots, hear from robotics experts and even operate a robot. Robot Rocket Rally is sponsored by the Visitor Complex and WFTV Channel 9.
The three-day event features a robotic expo with hands-on exhibits and games showcasing the latest in robotic and engineering technology. The study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is at the heart of Robot Rocket Rally, with exhibitors ranging from middle school robotics clubs to veteran NASA scientists and engineers.
To provide adequate time to explore Robot Rocket Rally and all the Visitor Complex has to offer, visitors may consider purchasing an annual pass to allow for a cost effective multiday experience.
“Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is thrilled to work with NASA and other robotics experts to present this comprehensive, inside look at what is being done now and for the future with robots in space exploration and other important scientific and real-life applications,” said Therrin Protze, Visitor Complex chief operating officer.
Robot Rocket Rally also celebrates NASA’s next big step forward in robotic exploration by supplying robotic climbing legs to Robonaut-2, currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS), with the launch of SpaceX 3, the third resupply mission to the ISS by Space Exploration Technologies. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule on March 16 at 4:41 a.m.
Visitors also can learn more about today’s robotic technology by learning from the experts during a series of 20-minute, multimedia presentations on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16.
Robot Rocket Rally is included in daily admission. Exhibits will include:
Space Trek: Space Trek features robots made from LEGO MINDSTORMS kits. These robots use the NXT programing language to direct robot movement and various sensor functions. Guests can watch demonstrations as these programmed robots sense and react light, touch and color.