Moon Can be Mined by Robots And Turn a Space Fuel Station

///Moon Can be Mined by Robots And Turn a Space Fuel Station

While NASA and some private companies – such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin – are already dreaming of the colonization of Mars, other companies are turning their eyes to stars closer to Earth.

Do not worry, this is not myopia about space exploration, but a journey that can broaden our knowledge about the moon and bring a good profit from the process.

According to Engadget, Moon Express has a daring plan for our natural satellite: start mining the lunar surface from 2020. The best? Using robots!

The idea is that the company’s first mission – which was originally set up for a Google sponsored competition – will be made by the end of this year and will pave the way for the construction of an outpost at the South Pole of the Moon.

Once everything is in order, and the space company sets up there, robotic explorers must begin digging the region for water and minerals. When there is a good amount of material accumulated, a final mission will aim to bring that content to Earth. The project is expected to last about two to three years in its first space adventure.

The bad news? Rocket Lab, Moon Express’s partner in the venture, has not yet finished production of the Electron rocket, which is the main transport of the missions.

In addition, the company itself is still finalizing the MX-1E module, which is responsible for bringing groceries and returning with the minerals throughout the project. Any effort to complete these steps should yield dividends.

To begin with, selling lunar ore can be an extremely lucrative business, as three small satellite rocks sold by the Russians in 1993 cost more than $440,000 to the buyer – about $ 1.4 million.

Besides, the discovery of water at the lunar poles can make the site an actual space fuel station, since the element can be used to power rockets and to make trips to Mars much calmer and more common in the future.

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By |2017-07-31T14:51:44+00:00July 31st, 2017|Breakthrough Technology, Technology|1 Comment

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  1. Jonney October 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    When enough fuel is being produced, and the shuttle delivery system is tested and reliable, our plan calls for building a gas station in space. The shuttles would deliver ice directly to the orbiting fuel depot, where it would be processed into fuel and where rockets heading to Mars or elsewhere could dock to top up. The depot would have large solar arrays powering an electrolysis module for melting the ice and then turning the water into fuel, and large fuel tanks to store what’s made. NASA is already working on most of the technology needed for a depot like this, including docking and fuel transfer. We anticipate a working depot could be ready in the early 2030s, just in time for the first human missions to Mars.

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