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Collection Creator:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.  Search this
Collection Inventor:
Massie, Thomas  Search this
McLurkin, James  Search this
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
James McLurkin Footage TRT: 30:00 Footage of McLurkin at MIT lab using equipment in the machine shop and building ants. McLurkin's latest project is to build robots for exploring the planet Mars called "rockettes." Working in conjunction with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, the rockette's would bring back rock samples and collect other types of data that could be transmitted by video or sent to a main rover that could then transmit to Earth. Describes how rockette's differ from his microrobots. Discusses his work with "hopping" robots that would hop over obstacles. The goal is to have the robots hop at least a foot. McLurkin is studying nature to better understand how insects—such as dragon flies and crickets— work and how it can inform his work. The next step in McLurkin's career is to go to graduate school at the University of California at Berkley to study electrical engineering as well as additional course work in physics, biology, science and math.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the original videos are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Signed releases on file, but releases not available for Western School students.
Collection Citation:
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews
Massie/McLurkin Innovative Lives Presentation and Interviews / Series 2: Master Videos
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History