Name: PRO-ACT – Planetary RObots Deployed for Assembly and Construction Tasks Program: Horizon 2020, SPACE-12-TEC-2018, RIA SRC – Space robotics technologies Budget: EUR 3 100 000 Duration: 24 months 01/02/2019- 31/01/2021
About the project
The project addresses the establishment, with the support of mobile robotic platforms, of a precursor lunar base with essential capabilities in preparation to commercial exploitation of in-situ resources by assembling an ISRU resource extraction and utilization system will be essential for the establishment of future human settlement. It will in particular include the extraction of oxygen from regolith to serve as oxidizer for fuel and for artificial atmosphere generation within habitats, and 3D printing of relevant structures using regolith (with or without adjuvant, depending on printing strategy) for construction purpose – e.g. tiles for landing pad and roads, panels for berms, elements for shelters.
Our role in the project
LPRC will bring in geotechnical and logistical know-how for the definition of a site preparation mission of a future Moon base / ISRU plant. In WP1 Technological Review and System Requirements LPRC’s specific task will be a contribution to the development of the actual mission scenarios and system requirements for the OG11b solution. In WP5 Execution of test, demonstration and correlation of test results, LPRC will participate the implementation of the field demonstration, which will include logistical support to organizing the tests and geoscientific evaluation of the suitability of the proposed earth-analogue sites and the robots’ performance in these sites. In WP7 Exploitation, Dissemination and Outreach, LPRC’s task will be to mobilise the geologist and mining community for the evaluation and uptake of project results, especially with regards to the application of robotic solutions for mine site preparation in remote, harsh, and difficult to access areas, where valuable mineral deposits may be present, but human access or supervision is difficult during the preparatory phase. This work will also concern the development of concepts for mining industry oriented applications and connecting with potential users and customers from the mining sector.
For more information please contact Adrienn Csekő at director_at_lapalmacentre.eu