by LISA WELSON via Wired article Posted May 03, 2019 06:20:13A fully autonomous spacecraft has been built using a “spherical” shape to create an automated control center, according to a research paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
The shape, which was developed by researchers at the University of Bath and the University in Vienna, allows a team to control the orbit of a spacecraft by directing the control center at its center.
The team created a “Spherical Spacelab” with the shape to be used to control spacecraft and their orbits.
It was constructed using an additive manufacturing process, using carbon nanotubes, a process that produces plastic and glass for a wide variety of applications.
The spherical shape was made with a process called metamaterials.
The research paper also revealed a number of new features of the design.
One of the main areas where the researchers focused their research was to ensure that the shape could be built with a large number of parts.
The researchers used a method known as “bonding” to bond the spheres together in order to maximize the number of small, flexible parts that would be needed to make the spacecraft.
The bond process can also be used in the manufacturing of other parts.
The researchers were also able to develop a design for a spacecraft that was able to control a wide range of different types of systems.
The spheres could also be controlled by the spacecraft’s own engines.
“A spherical structure can be designed in order that the control system has a good degree of autonomy in the control of the spacecraft,” explained lead researcher, Dr. Christian Reiss.
“In this way, the control can be more complex than the usual spherical shape.
This design has the advantages of being more robust and of having less defects in the surface area.”
The team plans to build the spherical sphere, which can be used for a variety of space missions, and then test the shape on a spacecraft to determine if it is viable.