WIT Press


Biomimetics Applied To Space Exploration

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DN040591

Volume

73

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

236 kb

Author(s)

M. Ayre

Abstract

A review of the possible applications of biomimetic research and engineering to space exploration is presented. The review begins by briefly introducing biomimicry as an engineering discipline, and then, through considering the characteristics that typify current and future space exploration missions, along with the characteristics commonly associated with biological systems, it is argued that biomimicry has a high degree of applicability to space exploration. Examples of existing, planned and possible uses of biomimetic engineering in application to some specific areas of space exploration are then briefly discussed. A more general discussion then outlines possible future developments that are primarily a consequence of the explosion of knowledge caused by the current genome mapping project, which is increasingly allowing us a much deeper understanding

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