Moon, Mars Heavy Construction Equipment in the Works

A Japanese construction company is planning to develop machinery to construct buildings in very far away places.

📅   Mon June 06, 2016 - National Edition
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A problem with controlling construction machinery on the moon or Mars from Earth is the length of time it takes for a radio signal to travel.
A problem with controlling construction machinery on the moon or Mars from Earth is the length of time it takes for a radio signal to travel.

The website Electronics Weekly is reporting that the company, Kajima, will work with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

It is said it aims to have the construction machinery ready to work on the moon in 2030 and on Mars in 2040.

The machinery should be ready to build a facility to accommodate four to six people on the moon in around 2030 and on Mars in around 2040.

A problem with controlling construction machinery on the moon or Mars from Earth is the length of time it takes for a radio signal to travel. So the machines will have to communicate with each other.

JAXA selected Kajima's idea to develop machinery for construction in space for its Space Exploration Innovation Hub project, a three-way program among businesses, the government and academia.

Souce: Electronics Weekly