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(Phys Org2)   ♫ You load sixteen tons, what do ya get? A nightly recharge and some oil I'll bet. ♫   (phys.org) divider line 16
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2013-01-29 10:47:20 AM
Saint Gates don't you crash me cause I can't go
 
2013-01-29 10:49:36 AM
What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs....
 
2013-01-29 11:13:28 AM
I owe my soul to the Apple store
 
2013-01-29 11:14:07 AM
Approves!

pixartimes.com
 
2013-01-29 11:46:39 AM
We're mining the moon now? I thought we were supposed to start mining asteroids.
 
2013-01-29 12:08:01 PM
Now combine this with the system somebody came up with for making bricks out of regolith, and some little construct-o-bots.

You'd send your digger, your power plant, your material factory, and your constructors to build stately brick moon homes. Radiation shielding wouldn't be a problem, you just make double walls and fill the space in between with the water you're baking out of the surface.

By the time we had to send any people there, most of the work would be done. You wouldn't really even need any AI on the bots, the moon is close enough for remote bot-control. There's a delay, sure, but 3 seconds round trip isn't much. Trained operators could do it.
 
2013-01-29 12:17:16 PM
I thought that headline sounded familiar.


Englebert Slaptyback 2012-11-26 02:16:31 PM



Accident causes an entire truckload, 14 tons, of Christmas trees to be dumped


You dump 14 tons
and what do you get?
Another day older and
a ticket, I'll bet.
 
2013-01-29 01:31:59 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: I thought that headline sounded familiar.


Englebert Slaptyback 2012-11-26 02:16:31 PM


Accident causes an entire truckload, 14 tons, of Christmas trees to be dumped


You dump 14 tons
and what do you get?
Another day older and
a ticket, I'll bet.


Tennessee Ernie Ford is laughing at you from the grave.
 
2013-01-29 02:02:52 PM

Kyosuke


Tennessee Ernie Ford is laughing at you from the grave.


Believe it or not, I know who he is (was) and I am familiar with the song.

I was indicating that the Fark headline for this article is very similar to a post I made in another thread a few months ago. Clear enough for you?
 
2013-01-29 03:58:18 PM
Thought this was an Ozma reference.
 
2013-01-29 04:38:19 PM
West Virginians are going to be pissed
 
2013-01-29 05:18:10 PM
2X Deff Rolla, +50 points
 
2013-01-29 06:04:55 PM
The primary challenge for any digging robot operating off Earth is that they have to be light and small enough to fly on a rocket, but heavy enough to operate in gravity lower than that of Earth. "The lighter you make your robot, the more difficult it is to do this excavating," said A.J. Nick, an engineer on the RASSOR team. RASSOR tackles this problem by using digging bucket drums at each end of the robot's body that rotate in opposite directions, giving enough traction on one end to let the opposite side dig into the soil.

Why not have the digger's first job be to fill a ballast container?
 
2013-01-29 08:39:42 PM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-30 06:25:59 AM
wondering why similar bots have not been in use in mining operations on Earth for the past 50 years. there was NC and CNC stations in machine shops / manufacturing since what, the 40s? there was plenty of clever to go around back then.
 
2013-01-30 09:15:12 AM
Oh shiat! Big Big Loader thread up in this biatch!
 
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