Lunar rovers are cool – but imagine how much cooler they would be if they can play. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University will try to make the embossing robots a reality after being selected by NASA as the recipient of a new $ 2 million grant for research to develop new technologies to help robots explore the "pits" on the moon
Yes, pits, unlike craters, which are essentially superficial features caused by meteorological impacts. These pits are closer to Earth's holes or caves, with surface access, but also with large underground cavities and spaces that could provide easier access to minerals and water ice – and which can even serve as ready shelter for future lunar explorers.
CMU Robotics Institute Professor Red Whittaker proposed a potential mission design that will aim to use intelligent, flexible and fast robots to explore these pits closely as they are noticed by lunar orbital observers but these images are not visible. In fact, we do not provide the details necessary for actual detection if the holes will be useful for future moon missions, or how.
The Whittaker project, codenamed "Skylight," will use robots that have some degree of autonomy independently selecting where to look in their superficial studies and they also have to act quickly: Once the moon's night comes in, they will be offline constantly, so they will get about one week of active use.
NASA's ambitious mission to send astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024 and create a base of the moon by 2028 will benefit from the type of scouts provided by missions such as Skylight. , "But time will be tight ̵