Inspector Gecko | Design by Nature

Awards & Nominations

Inspector Gecko has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!

Global Nominee

The Challenge | Design by Nature

Design an autonomous free-flyer to inspect a spacecraft for damage from Micro-Meteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD).

Inspector Gecko

Autonomous space rover using Gecko gripping technology, conveyor belt and reconfigurable wheels

Inspector Gecko

Update: we just won the local challenge in Amman, this is our presentation!


We designed an autonomous robot by merging three technologies to come up with a unique solution:

  • Gecko gripping (design by nature)
  • conveyor belt (like a tank)
  • reconfigurable wheel (DARPA solution)

This device is designed to screen the surface of the shuttle, to identify holes/cracks and report back the impacted area with high resolution images and full details on the damage. We have utilized the farmer plowing approach to scan for damage.

Challenges Faced:

  • Finding the best wheel design.
  • avigating over different surfaces and overcoming obstacles without getting detached from the surface and getting lost in space.
  • Choosing the right sensor to find details of the impact (size, depth and angle).


Paper: Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris (MMOD) Impact Detection and Location Using Fiber Optic Bragg Grating Sensing Technology Steven L. Rickmana *, W. Lance Richardsa, Ph. D., Eric L. Christiansenb, Ph. D., Anthony Piazzac, Francisco Penac, Allen R. Parkerc.


SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.