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This Robot Just Built A Launch Pad

So far, everything hurled beyond our atmosphere and into the great beyond was constructed on Earth, made by human hands or human-built machines using resources from sweet mother Terra herself.

Here’s how PISCES described the goal: The project is a first-of-its-kind in Hawaii and aims to robotically build a vertical take-off and landing pad using basalt found on the island.

This was part of NASA's larger Additive Construction with Mobile Emplacement (ACME) project, which wants to use found materials on alien worlds, builder robots like this one, and 3D printing, to build structures without needing to bring all the parts from Earth.

So if a robot can flatten and smooth a tract of the Big Island into a serviceable landing pad on Earth, then cover it in durable interlocking tiles, it’s likely a robot on Mars or elsewhere could do the same for a future mission.

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This Robot Just Built A Launch Pad

So far, everything hurled beyond our atmosphere and into the great beyond was constructed on Earth, made by human hands or human-built machines using resources from sweet mother Terra herself.

Here’s how PISCES described the goal: The project is a first-of-its-kind in Hawaii and aims to robotically build a vertical take-off and landing pad using basalt found on the island.

This was part of NASA's larger Additive Construction with Mobile Emplacement (ACME) project, which wants to use found materials on alien worlds, builder robots like this one, and 3D printing, to build structures without needing to bring all the parts from Earth.

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Sending Robots To Print Infrastructure On Mars, So It’s Ready When We Get There

But before long-term settlers arrive on Mars or the moon, one engineer is working under a NASA grant to make sure that the proper infrastructure is already in place.

For nearly 14 years, the engineer has been advancing a method of construction called “contour crafting,” a way to quickly 3-D print buildings using robots.

There’s about four times as much sulfur in Martian soil as there is on Earth, and Khoshnevis discovered that it could help bind jagged bits of space rock together.

“Go to Home Depot, buy a one-foot section of metallic pipe, go to the beach, fill it with sand, hold it horizontally, and use your thumb and try to push it out.

Because there’s only about one-sixth of the gravitational pull on the moon as there is on Earth, Khoshnevis says that anything built here is almost guaranteed to hold up in the less straining lunar atmosphere.

SpaceX is looking for two extra landing pads so it can land three rockets at once

Yesterday SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket after using it for a supply mission to the International Space Station.

This was only the second time SpaceX has landed one of its rockets on solid ground (and the fifth post-launch recovery), but the company has already set its sights on the next challenge: landing three rockets at the same time.

The extra landing sites will be needed for SpaceX to recover the rockets from its as-yet-unlaunched Falcon Heavy, a launch vehicle more powerful than the Falcon 9, built from three separate rockets (one primary and two side-boosters).

According to the company, the Heavy will have more than 5 million pounds of thrust (equivalent to 18 Boeing 747s), and will be capable of lifting a heavier payload than any other rocket in history apart from the decommissioned Saturn V from the Apollo program.

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