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Chuck Whittaker
Field Robotics Specialist, RI
Office: NSH 1201A
Phone: (412) 268-1119
Fax: 412-268-5895
  Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
The Robotics, Institute
Field Robotics Center, NSH 2202
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

News and Media
Girls of Steel Team Helps Construct Autodesk Robot
April 23, 2014. The robot-development skills of the Girls of Steel, a team of high-school-age girls from the Pittsburgh area, are being tested at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. Several team members, however, already have put those skills to practical use in helping to build a robot for Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software.
CMU, Astrobotic Assemble Lunar Lander
June 15, 2011. Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the moon in 2014. The half-ton aluminum structure will now undergo shake testing to confirm its soundness and its compatibility with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
Astrobotic Signs Contract for SpaceX to Launch Robot to Moon
February 07, 2011. Astrobotic Technology Inc., the Carnegie Mellon University spin-off headed by William “Red” Whittaker, has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch Astrobotic’s exploration robot to the Moon atop one of the company’s Falcon 9 boosters. The mission could launch as soon as December 2013.
Caterpillar Will Sponsor Tranquility Trek
August 23, 2010. Astrobotic Technology, a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) spin-off company, has announced that Caterpillar Inc. will be a sponsor of its first robotic expedition to the lunar surface. The initial Astrobotic mission, Tranquility Trek, will revisit the Apollo 11 site in April 2013 with a five-foot tall, 160-lb. robot broadcasting 3D high-definition video. The mission will carry payloads to the Moon and convey the experience to the world via Internet video access.