Marianne Sanford Excavator February 04th, 2018 - 12:27:46
Moving on the to the possible non-NASA commercial application it can be said that the same qualities of the LPE that apply to space would also attract terrestrial users or said differently us earth bound creatures. As both business and government markets rapidly expand so does the need for urban infrastructure. Using NASAs own words on the subject; Urban construction settings restrict the use of explosives to minimize damaging vibrations making mechanical methods attractive. In addition shallow tunnel construction is rapidly changing from cut-and-cover to wholly underground because excavations disrupt city traffic. Coupled with increasing population these factors enhance the market for innovatively flexible systems such as the LPE. If I could have said it better than NASA did I would have. But I couldnt so I didnt. Anyway there you have it both the past of excavators and a look at their future with the development of the Low-energy Planetary Excavator
Project managers going for excavators on rental basis should check rates that are offered by different equipment leasing firms. Optimizing the cost of hiring the equipment means the hirer must ensure that paying of compensation for causing damage to the equipment is avoided. A certain degree of wear and tear is considered normal over time but the equipment leasing company have better knowledge of how much wear and tear can happen after normal operations. An excavator is designed to carry out really heavy work and most leasing companies closely monitor the wear and tear of their machines. Therefore the project manager hiring the equipment should adhere to the best practices of usage in order to optimize the rental deal.
In other words the cost per excavation means the cost of excavating the per unit volume of the material on a particular job site. So if the job requires a lot of digging it may be well worth it to invest in large used excavators. Other costs also need to be factored in here like the transportation of a large used excavator and the amount of diesel that large used excavators use. If you have large drilling blasting or demolishing jobs to do within a job you will also be able to use a large excavator. So if you use large used excavators where drilling and blasting is needed you may save money by avoiding the purchase of other types of machinery.
Basically The LPE would be a general-purpose machine with the ability to mine ice regolith and rock; it would also support construction activities. The purpose and application is meant for future manned and unmanned missions to the Moon Mars and beyond. .Additionally adaptations could be made for use in extreme-low gravity such as on asteroids. This idea of efficient and reliable an excavator that has usage on differing planetary surfaces and various materials has the goal of enabling exploration and bases from outposts to self-sustaining complexes. The LPE would be able to accommodate the different materials that are encountered on planetary surfaces as the LPE would sense geologic changes and respond to them by using the lowest cutting energy possible.