Originally posted by dcmb1409
Anomaly hunting may be good for business but not for science. How did we get cranes (and 70 foot high to boot) to the Moon ?
THAT is a very good question
Probably the same way they got the bucket wheel excavator up there
An insider I talked to in 1990 told me that he worked on a piece of mining equipment for the moon that was 30 stories tall. He told me that
toward the end of the contract he rented an airplane and flew around it just to get an idea of its enormous size. He said he had no idea how they
would get it to the moon - John Lear
So looking around the net as I usually do for stuff to support what John says...
There is a company called NORCAT in Canada, a defence contractor that is working with the US government and Colorado School of Mining on developing
technology for off world mining. They also run an annual symposium on off world mining and are testing equipment in Sudbury Ontario. The Sudbury
region is a major source of nickle and cobalt in the world, because the area is actually an asteroid impact crater. So all that nickle and cobalt is
When John called the company and we spoke to the guy in charge.. the first thing he asked John was "What is your clearance level" and later he
mentioned that Tim Huff, one of the people on the project was now working at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
What was this project?
REPORT ON THE CONSTRUCTION AND TESTING OF A
BUCKET WHEEL EXCAVATOR
The Northern Centre for Advanced Technologies Inc. (NORCAT), in partnership with Electric Vehicle Controllers Ltd. (EVC), is presently engaged in
the development and adaptation of existing mining technologies and methodologies for use extra-terrestrially as precursor and enabling
technologies for ISRU and for use as ISSE in support of longer term missions.
More specifically, NORCAT, in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines, has developed, constructed, and tested a bucket wheel
excavator. The unit is based upon the design developed by CSM’s Mike Duke and Tim Muff.
Source is Lunar and Planetary Institute where you can find literally thousands of abstracts (but not the whole paper) on off world mining. This one is
from 2004 and numbered 6004
Now we didn't get the full details of the big model but we did get the info on the 14" scale model
NASA also has plans for one. Robot controlled
I have a lot more but really, I already covered all that
I'm assuming that aliens would have better technology than Earthly machines that are designed for gravity laden Earth projects with an
atmosphere to support smoke belching engines.
Why would you assume that? And who said anything about aliens?
Smoke and steam coming from these machines? How in a near vacuum?
who told you it was a vacuum?
Copernicus crater is pristine in overhead images, where are the tracks of these huge dinosaur machines and what are they mining in full view of
So now your claiming that telescopes on Earth are good enough to see small equipment and tracks on the Moon?
As to 'what' The term ISRU means
'in situ resource utilization' so I would image titanium, iron and thorium oxides and reducing those oxides to building materials with a solar
furnace. The oxygen thus released can be used for breathing, making water and rocket fuel. Also Silicon dioxide (quartz sand) can be processed the
same way and used to make very strong glass - as strong as steel if there is a vacuum as you claim
LUNAR AND MARTIAN FIBERGLASS AS A VERSATILE FAMILY
OF ISRU VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS
As I said THOUSANDS of documents
My favorite is this one...
SPACE TRANSPORTATION FOR A LUNAR RESOURCES BASE (LRB)
Hubert P. Davis, Starcraft Boosters, Inc.
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