Nasa to collaborate with Caterpillar on excavating, and mining, the Moon
Cat’s famously known construction apparatus have made improvements in the autonomous space, whereby equipment are adopting autonomy in aims to increase productivity and cut error, as well as promote field safety.
The autonomous developments pertain to working software as well as equipment.
Nasa have teamed with Caterpillar before, most applicable on the engine that powered the Apollo 11 in 1969.
If the plans go so, it would mean the autonomous machines could collect rare metals, helium-3 and soil to reuse as raw material for 3D printing, which in return would give resources to build outposts on the lunar surface.
Therefore huge commitments required as all efforts will remain stationary and activity be operated on location.
The journey is scheduled to commence in 2024.
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