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Monday, August 23, 2010

Caterpillar sponsors Tranquility Trek robotic expedition to the Moon in late 2012

Astrobotic Technology, a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) spin-off company, has announced that Caterpillar, Inc. [CAT] will sponsor its first robotic expedition to the lunar surface for the Tranquility Trek mission in late 2012.

Caterpillar's experience in autonomous mining and construction machinery also will assist with learning how to "live off the land" using lunar resources. For example, polar ice deposits can be transformed into propellant to refuel spacecraft for their return to Earth, doubling their productivity, reports Moon Daily.


Quantum_Flux said...

That sounds like a good Moon mission from Caterpillar (the company that makes construction vehicles). I like seeing all the different technologies (including live Facebook updates) being incorporated into the planning.

Anonymous said...

What a good move from CAT. They are very serious about innovation and tehnology and will take this forward!