Can robots be used to extract ice on the moon? This NASA research fellow from Northeastern wants to find out

Henry Noyes’ wiring work can be seen all over COBRA, Northeastern University’s award-winning serpentine robot designed to tumble down the deep craters on the moon.

As the electrical lead of the Crater Observing Bio-inspired Rolling Articulator project, Noyes designed the machine’s power system, allowing each of its individual modules to function in harmony.

Noyes, who recently graduated from Northeastern with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics, played an important role in the university’s victory in the 2022 NASA Big Idea Challenge.

Led by Alireza Ramezani, Northeastern assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, the university team was awarded the Artemis Award for COBRA’s potential to be used as part of the space agency’s missions to set up long-term lunar settlements.

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Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University