The full-sized Artemis moon rover weighs 230kg (507.06 pounds) and can carry payloads of up to 150kg (330.69 pounds). It has a maximum speed of 4kph (2.49mph). The four-wheel drive and specialized wheel system make it easy to operate in tight spaces. Like a tank, Artemis' wheels use skid-steering to turn. The wheels on one side of the rover push, while the wheels on the opposite side pull. This lets the rover spin a full 360 degrees in place. Onboard solar panels power scientific instruments, including multiple types of sensors. The rover can be operated remotely or at short range, and it completed its first field trials in July. (Source: Canadian Space Agency)
Ann, this is interesting, but does the CSA plan to deploy these. I recently saw a show on PBS which went into some detaill about the Curiosity rover. This is a large vehicle. One thing that was interesting was the Mars Exploration Science Rover. Your caption states that the rover is designed to collect samples to bring back to earth. As far as I know, this is a very expensive proposition. The Curiosity rover has the lab built in so that it can analyze the samples in place.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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