Space exploration has taken a new course in recent years. It seems that the surroundings of our planet are already known territories and it is time to take new steps.
The most important objective of the next decades is being able to put a person on Mars, our closest neighboring planet, and with which we have many similarities. But before arriving at the red planet the space agencies agree that we have a previous milestone to reach.
The Moon, our only satellite, that white rock that illuminates our nights and affects the tides of our seas could become a space station in the next few years.
The lunar base will serve as a launch site for future missions to explore and colonize Mars and other areas of the solar system, but building it will not be easy, much less maintaining it.
Among the proposals for the transportation of resources on the Moon, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have created Project Float, a train that will communicate the different areas of the lunar base and will allow the transport of objects through it.
“It will be the first railway system on the Moon, which will provide a safe, autonomous and efficient method of transporting goods,”said engineer Ethan Schaler, creator of the project.
The system will use robots designed to levitate a few inches off the ground. The road will have three layers, the first will be graphite as it is a material that has the property of repelling magnetic fields, which will allow the robots to stay suspended without falling.
The second layer will control the electromagnetic flux and movement of the robot train. The last layer will be solar panels to provide energy and create the electromagnetic field throughout the system.
The project has been approved by NASA and has been praised by experts because its operation is quite simple, the necessary maintenance would be very low, and since there is no friction, no dust would be raised, unlike what happens with Rovers. Additionally, the project has great versatility since the trajectory of the roads could be modified depending on the needs of the human colony that lives on the Moon.
If applied, this technology would be of vital importance for the lunar base since the extraction of resources and their transfer to the processing sites will be essential for the success of the human colony.