NASA - Mining the Moon

Remote Automation of Scale Test Machine

LC [QLD Times Article]

In October 2006, the Go 4 Mining scale dragline machine, physically located at Goodna Technology Park, was operated remotely by a NASA researcher working out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. The completely unmanned machine was controlled and operated using an internet user interface which allowed the NASA researcher to visualize the terrain and positioning of the dragline machine.

The experiment was part of CSIRO's ongoing research into the automation of mining machines with the end goal of developing the world's first, full scale, fully automatic remote-controlled dragline system.

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