NASA has determined the best system for the extraction of lunar regolith
The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the best lunar rock excavation machine design.
As part of the Artemis program, NASA plans to create a habitable base on the moon. The main building material for shelters will be the residual soil of the satellite. Since full-time engineers were not able to develop an effective robot for mining regolith, the space agency was forced to ask outside specialists for help.
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The winner in the competition was an automated system with an improved design of RASSOR bucket drums, which makes it easy to capture a large amount of soil, while producing a minimum of dust. However, NASA will continue to test the options of other competitors, since in the future it can integrate into the robot and their solutions.
The development of lunar mining will allow the creation of satellite shelters without the use of earth resources. At the same time, regolith will be used not only as a building material, but also for oxygen production, as well as electricity generation.