Asteroid Mining Corporation (AMC) is making waves in the field of space exploration with the unveiling of their groundbreaking creation, the Space Capable Asteroid Robotic Explorer (SCAR-E). This innovative six-legged walking and climbing rover, developed in collaboration with Tohoku University’s Space Robotics Lab, is set to revolutionize the way we navigate and explore challenging environments both on and off Earth.
Unlike traditional rovers that rely on wheels or tracks, SCAR-E boasts specialized gripping technology that enables it to maneuver through a wide range of terrains, including caves, tunnels, and the rugged landscapes of asteroids. With its unique capabilities, this versatile robot opens up a world of possibilities for various applications, from industrial inspections to search and rescue missions and even nuclear decommissioning.
Mitch Hunter Scullion, CEO and Founder of AMC, emphasizes the importance of deploying robots in high-risk industries where injuries and fatalities are common. “We’re offering SCAR-E robots to those industries where human safety is paramount. When in doubt, send a robot,” he states. This remarkable robot is set to increase efficiency and safeguard human lives in hazardous work environments.
AMC has set its sights on the moon, with plans to launch a SCAR-E by 2028 and initiate space testing by 2026. These next-generation rovers will be tailored for prolonged missions in deep space with minimal human supervision, harnessing swarm intelligence to communicate and work collectively. The primary objectives of these missions include retrieving lunar and asteroid samples and prospecting near-Earth asteroids for valuable minerals.
While SCAR-E is still in its early stages of development, AMC is preparing to release sales for research models in the robotics market by the end of the year. The first pre-sale has already been made to the University of Luxembourg, showcasing the interest and demand for this groundbreaking technology. Research models, equipped with six gripping claws and carbon-fiber plastic armor, will be available for purchase in early 2024, while industrial models are slated for pre-sale in the third quarter of the same year.
As the fully functioning prototype takes its first steps, Mitch Hunter Scullion compares programming SCAR-E to teaching a toddler to walk. “But a toddler only has two legs. Imagine having six,” he adds. With SCAR-E paving the way for advanced robotic exploration, we are pushing the boundaries of space exploration and expanding our understanding of the universe.
What is SCAR-E?
SCAR-E, also known as the Space Capable Asteroid Robotic Explorer, is a revolutionary six-legged walking and climbing rover developed by Asteroid Mining Corporation. It is designed to navigate challenging environments, ranging from caves and tunnels to the rugged terrain of asteroids.
What are the applications of SCAR-E?
SCAR-E has a wide range of applications, including industrial inspections, search and rescue missions, and nuclear decommissioning. Its specialized gripping technology allows it to maneuver through various terrains, making it an invaluable tool in hazardous work environments.
What are AMC’s plans for SCAR-E?
AMC aims to launch a SCAR-E to the Moon by 2028 and initiate space testing by 2026. These next-generation rovers will be customized for deep space missions with minimal human supervision, focusing on tasks such as retrieving lunar and asteroid samples and prospecting near-Earth asteroids for minerals.
When will SCAR-E be available for purchase?
Research models of SCAR-E will be available for sale in early 2024, while industrial models are expected to go on pre-sale in the third quarter of 2024.
What makes SCAR-E unique?
SCAR-E stands out with its specialized gripping technology and six-legged design, allowing it to navigate terrains that were previously inaccessible to traditional rovers. Its capabilities increase efficiency and prioritize human safety in challenging work environments both on and off Earth.