Neurala LLC and the CELEST Neuromorphics Lab are jointly working on a Phase I 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program in collaboration with NASA Langley. The joint work will focus on the development of neuromorphic brains for autonomous robots dealing with unknown, potentially hostile environments. The following video shows the simulated Rover taking its initial steps in the simulated Mars virtual environment.
More information about the project can be found here.
The video below describes an initial testing on the rover, in this case still controlled by the human operator. This initial testing goal is to assess the behavior of the rover on the Mars simulated environment. Further steps will be to increase the resolution of the environment, namely adding more details, such as rocks, and of course hook up the rover to the neuromorphic brain controller.