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By A.J. Roan
Metal Tech News 

Scientists plan new method of Moon mining

Harvesting lunar resources using autonomous robot swarms Metal Tech News - September 15, 2021


Last updated 7/12/2022 at 12:42pm

University of Arizona NASA swarm autonomous robots Moon space mining

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University of Arizona engineering faculty members Jekan Thanga (right) and Moe Momayez (left) envision a fully autonomous swarm of robots that doesn't need to receive instructions from Earth to mine materials and construct simple structures on the Moon.

A research team at the University of Arizona recently received $500,000 in NASA funding for a project to advance space mining methods through the use of autonomous robots, swarms of them.

"It's really exciting to be at the forefront of a new field," said interim head of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, as well as the David & Edith Lowell Chair in Mining and Geological En...

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