Space exploration does not stop. Over the next few years , missions will multiply and research is ongoing at NASA on how to deal with some of the problems that can be faced in missions that aim to work on the surface of the Moon , and may in the future in Mars. At NASA they have the Artemisa manned travel program in which they seek to develop technology to work on the lunar surface and where they campaign for researchers to submit ideas that may be useful. One of the last calls made has been to optimize the robots in charge of digging on the Moon by means of the so-called RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot) bucket drums.
Being able to dig on the Moon’s surface is a big problem where adding to the surface conditions is having to transport all the machinery, which must be moved as little as possible -to save fuel- and dig as vertical as possible .The winner of the last call was a Caleb Clausing invention that uses a passive gate to trap and displace large amounts of soil . Although you must face the corrosion problem caused by moon dust.
Now a long process of testing will begin before this type of machinery is sent to the Moon. As in all space missions, in addition to testing the feasibility and the real possibilities of its use, then its use must be adjusted to a specific mission , and the reality is that few are being made today on the Moon. Anyway, after a period in which NASA had stopped a large part of its future projects, it seems that it is stepping on the accelerator once in a while to new missions , both its own and in agreements with companies like Space X. We will see if soon we start to see results.