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Remote Building with Rovers

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  • Dennis L. May
    The Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers have demonstrated that long term remote control of rovers/remotes is a viable means of building infrastructure in space
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20 5:18 PM
      The Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers have demonstrated
      that long term remote control of rovers/remotes is a
      viable means of building infrastructure in space prior to
      habitation. We need to replace the survey craft with
      little bulldozers, trenchers, mining, and building
      equipment.

      It seems the Chinese agree - plans for using remotes
      traveling and acting as groups to explore the Moon:

      http://www.spacedaily.com/news/china-05zp.html

      Once you have a critical mass of remotes some of them
      can become repair remotes. Once you have a larger
      critical mass of infrastructure you can put a repairman
      on station to keep it all running. Sometime later the
      repairman will need help and the community begins to
      grow towards self-sufficiency and an independent
      technological base.

      The price per remote should drop as more are brought
      on line and experience is gained with reliability
      issues. In the long run local control increases
      information processing efficiency - logically pushing
      for increasing independence.

      Companies and individuals can afford the remote option
      now. What they need is long term vision and financial
      follow-through as the infrastructure is built up. I'm
      sure many investors would be interested in having
      a piece of actually building something in space - some
      would pay or volunteer to run the remotes. With
      supervision user groups should be able to run fleets
      of remotes from their home computers. Do the work and
      earn stocks. Run a bulldozer in space from home.

      Dennis May
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