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NASA builds mining robot

Posted:  Jan 29, 2013 12:04 PM
 

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After decades of designing and operating robots full of scientific gear to study other worlds, NASA is working on a prototype that leaves the delicate instruments at home in exchange for a sturdy pair of diggers and the reliability and strength to work all day, every day for years.

Think of it as a blue collar robot.
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Dubbed RASSOR, for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot and pronounced "razor," the autonomous machine is far from space-ready, but the earliest design has shown engineers the broad strokes of what their lunar soil excavator needs in order to operate reliably.
 
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The primary challenge for any digging robot operating off Earth is that they have to be light and small enough to fly on a rocket, but heavy enough to operate in gravity lower than that of Earth.

RASSOR tackles this problem by using digging bucket drums at each end of the robot's body that rotate in opposite directions, giving enough traction on one end to let the opposite side dig into the soil.

The team built a weight off-loading harness that simulated working the rover in the moon's 1/6th gravity field.
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if razor or lunar-hover is too easy can`t you find a "humpback" to temporary load it with lunar dust? by moving around loaded, then each cup can be greater and speed increase.
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(3) Reply: NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Jun 8, 2013 6:02 PM
 

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What if the NASA mining robot got stuck? I hope NASA give a thought on this potential problem. Wegatech Electronic http://www.wegatech.com
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(4) Reply:  NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Jul 15, 2013 2:35 PM
 

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The news is quite amazine.
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(5) Reply: NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Jul 29, 2013 5:35 PM
 

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(6) Reply:   NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Aug 1, 2013 4:50 PM
 

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We hope it can help you   mining robot.
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(7) Reply: NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Aug 8, 2013 3:29 PM
 

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(8) Reply: NASA builds mining robot Posted:  Jun 3, 2014 6:06 PM
 

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