Rolls-Royce will develop a robot for the extraction of water and oxygen in space
UK Science Secretary George Freeman has announced that he will provide a £2 million grant to Rolls-Royce to develop an automated space station that extracts oxygen from space. Sky News writes about it.
The allocated funds will be used to develop and develop innovative projects for the exploration and study of space, as well as help improve life on Earth.
In particular, Rolls-Royce, together with engineers from the British Space Agency, will create a new way to extract air and water in outer space using a robot. In addition, it is planned to develop technology that can withstand the high levels of radiation on Mars, improve communication between Mars and Earth, and create a robot to search for resources in lunar rocks.
In February 2022, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed a prototype of shape-shifting robots in space. It is planned that this technology will allow to change the inertial properties of the spacecraft, which will reduce fuel consumption.