Bruce Damer's presentation on How to Mine the Moon (Nov 2006)

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  • We have a proposed set of payloads to do just that.
  • Bruce Damer's presentation on How to Mine the Moon (Nov 2006)

    1. 1. So you want to mine the moon? B. Damer, D. Rasmussen, P. Newman, R. Norkus DigitalSpace Corporation, Santa Cruz CA
    2. 2. CAD/CAM design simulation for sandbox prototyping Colorado School of Mines Prototype Lunar Bucket Wheel Excavator
    3. 3. CAD/CAM design simulation for sandbox prototyping DigitalSpace Lunar analog simulation of BWE
    4. 4. RLEP 2 – Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Goals <ul><li>Crater Rim (Sunlight Area) Exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imaging of site from surface—time data collection to correlate with LRO orbital images of same conditions (pan every 2 hours over 1 year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geotechnical properties of lunar regolith (bearing strength, soil composition, cohesiveness, block and slope populations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biological effects of radiation, reduced gravity over 1 year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crater Floor (Dark Area) Exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical environment and geotechnical properties (temperatures, soil characteristics, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine both surface and subsurface of cold trap region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volatile deposits: elemental and molecular composition, species abundance, physical state, distribution and extent; number of samples from varied locations in crater floor; locations and settings documented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires extended time (at least 2 weeks) and traverse range (at least 100 km) within dark crater interior (cold trap) </li></ul></ul>Find the Light Touch the Ice
    5. 5. RLEP2 Pre-Phase A RLEP2 Pre-Phase A: November: APL Presentations Huntsville Kick-off TeamX, JPL: Dec 12-15th
    6. 6. RLEP2 Pre-Phase A mission design challenge Lunar south pole: Cold traps in permanently shadowed craters. 12-20 samples at 1-2m depth, test for volatiles, water ice. Nominal Target: Shackleton 19 km complex impact crater Steep interior slopes 25-35° Interior walls loose material Rough floor Eratosthenian age Ice distribution may be heterogenous
    7. 9. Dawes Crater Lunar Analog to Shackleton Elevation map produced by measurements team Direct versus “spiral” traverse into the crater
    8. 21. Digital Spaces Platform Architecture Acknowledgements and Resources
    9. 22. <ul><li>Industrial strength vertical applications in robotics, space, mining/construction, training, outreach/education </li></ul><ul><li>High performance 3D graphics, cross platform </li></ul><ul><li>Physics, CAD, collaborative and synchronized simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-user, streams, research & outreach functions </li></ul><ul><li>“ Linux” of 3D, LGPL licensed for commercial applications </li></ul>DSS Open Source Framework
    10. 23. DigitalSpace DSS Modular Plug-in Architecture
    11. 24. Thanks!
    12. 25. DigitalSpace: www.digitalspace.com Project homepage/download the sims: www.digitalspace.com/projects/lunar-robotics/ Digital Spaces Codebase: www.digitalspaces.org Contact: Bruce Damer, President and CEO [email_address] (831) 338 9400, mobile: (831) 331 5812 Resources and contact

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