In the modern era, the field of robotics is advancing at a rapid pace. Where we are witnessing advanced drones, humanlike robots, and complex models of machinery, nanorobots are on the rise. In case you cannot follow, a robot is self-contained electronic machinery that is programmed to carry out a specific task. Scale that robot to the size of a billionth of a meter, and you got a nanorobot. These tiny robots are extremely useful and can do what conventional technologies cannot. When these nanorobots combine, they can form large swarm robots. Swarm robots can accomplish amazing feats which might not even be possible for simple robots. The most amazing part is that the applications of swarm robots are confined by our imagination. They can do a lot more than what we can think of.
Thanks to the scientists of Mexico’s National Autonomous University (MNAU), we are now finding out that these swarm robots can also travel to the moon and collect important data from there. The five tiny robots under development will blast off to the moon later, as part of the first of its kind scientific mission. According to this mission, the two-wheeled bots will scramble across the lunar surface while taking important measurements. It is truly fascinating that these unique Mexican robots will collect samples from the moon, which is a remarkable feat.
These robots developed by the researchers of MNAU will behave like a swarm of bees that will travel to the surface of the moon through the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Rocket that will be provided by US firm Astrobotic Technology. It is scheduled to launch in June. This will be the first American spacecraft to launch on the moon in nearly fifty years. The mission is month-long and will collect unique sophisticated measurements which haven’t been collected before.
The lead scientist Gustavo Medina Tanco of Colemena Project at the university said that this mission will allow them to undertake other missions, first to the moon and then to the other asteroids. Shedding light on what these robots are made up of, the head scientist explained that they are constructed using stainless steel, titanium alloys, and space-grade aluminum. These bots are equipped to gather lunar materials that will help them for future space mining.
Medina Tanco expressed pride in carrying out such a project and thanked the contributions of 200 students of engineering, physics, maths, and chemistry. He further mentioned that nobody has ever done this before, which makes this project one of a kind in the entire world.