Lunar Rovers are cool – but imagine how much cooler they would be if they could rappel. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will seek to make rappelling robots a reality after being selected by NASA as the recipient of a $ 2 million new research grant to develop new technologies for exploring "mines." to develop the moon.
Yes, pits, unlike craters, which are essentially surface features caused by meteorite impacts. These pits are more like sinkholes or burrows on the ground, provide access to the surface, but also have large underground cavities and spaces that facilitate access to minerals and water ice, and may even serve as ready-made protection for future lunar explorers.
Professor Red Whittaker of the CMU Robotics Institute proposed a possible mission design aimed at using intelligent, agile and fast robots to study these mines up close as they were discovered by lunar orbit observers, However, these pictures are not. There are not really the details needed to actually figure out whether the sinkholes are useful for future lunar missions or how.
Whittaker's draft code, codenamed "Skylight," would use robots with some degree of autonomy Choose where to look for their surface investigations, and they must act swiftly: as soon as the moonlit night sets in, they are permanently offline so that they can be actively used for about a week NASA's ambitious mission to send astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024 and establish a lunar base by 2028 will depend on the nature of reconnaissance through missions such as "Skylight". But the timing is tight ̵