Ancelote Excavator February 12th, 2018 - 12:14:32
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
The Long reach excavator has nowadays been replacing the wrecking ball as main tool in demolition due to its particularly long boom arm which can reach upper stories of buildings and fashionably pulls down the structure. To remove earth from a hole heavy debris on land or from various places a Suction or Vacuum Excavator is used. It has a wide suction pipe with a diameter of about a foot the suction air inlet air speed may reach 100 meters per second. A steam-powered excavator Steam shovel is designed to lift and move materials such as rock and soil. It is a forerunner of a Power shovel (also called Stripping Front or Electric Mining shovel) which frequently runs on electric power for digging and loading earth or fragmented rock and mineral extraction.
Back Hoe For excavation purposes construction engineers make use of back hoes which are the most common types of excavators used today. This excavator has a bucket attached to the front which is facing the driver. This position of the bucket allows the driver to have a clearer idea of the excavation. Back hoe excavators are part of almost every construction site and due to their incredible ability to dig through soil they help improve productivity and save costs. The cab of this machine can swiftly rotate to 360 degrees making it easier for the driver to transport the debris to the dumping zone. Back hoes are also used for clearing snow covered roads and to clear blockages.
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.