NASA has identified the best system for mining lunar regolith
US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chooses best lunar excavation machine design.
As part of the Artemis program, NASA plans to create a habitable base on the Moon. The main building material for the shelters will be the satellite’s residual soil. Since in-house engineers were never able to develop an effective robot for mining regolith, the space agency was forced to ask outside specialists for help..
The winner of the competition was the RASSOR automated bucket drum design, an automated system that easily picks up large amounts of soil while producing a minimum of dust. However, NASA will continue to test options other contestants, because in the future can be integrated into the robot and their solutions.
The development of lunar mining will make it possible to create shelters on the satellite without using Earth’s resources. At the same time, the regolith will be used not only as a building material, but also for the production of oxygen, as well as the generation of electricity..
NASA has determined the best system for the extraction of lunar regolith
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: NASA