Deltion Innovations to work on new tool for space mining

6 April 2016 (Last Updated April 6th, 2016 18:30)

Mining and automation robotics company Deltion Innovations has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency to work on a new device, which has been designed to perform future mining on the moon and Mars.

Mining and automation robotics company Deltion Innovations has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency to work on a new device, which has been designed to perform future mining on the moon and Mars.

The new Percussive and Rotary Multi-Purpose Tool (PROMPT) has been designed for potential use on exploration and prospecting missions.

Deltion secured the $700,000 contract as part of the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Space Technology Development Programme.

PROMPT is referred to as a 'space-age Swiss Army knife', and will unite elements of previous projects that were supported by CSA in a unit installed on the end of a robotic manipulator arm.

"The new Percussive and Rotary Multi-Purpose Tool (PROMPT) has been designed for potential use on exploration and prospecting missions."

The new tool is integrated to attach and remove screws as well as bolts in robotic works, and will be designed to drill into rock and other materials and capture different samples.

PROMPT will be able to drill into the moon or Mars at small depths around 10cm and has the capacity to withstand extreme conditions.

The device will also be able to complete the attachment and removal of screws and bolts in various robotic tasks such as construction, maintenance and repairs.

Deltion, the Canadian company, is subcontracting with companies in Ontario, which include Atlas Copco and Neptec Design Group.