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Trans-Formers for Lunar Extreme Environments: Ensuring Long-Term Operation in Regions of Darkness and Low Temperatures (Phase II)

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Trans-Formers for Lunar Extreme Environments: Ensuring Long-Term Operation in Regions of Darkness and Low Temperatures (Phase II)
Trans-Formers (TFs) transform a local area of a harsh extreme environment (EE) into a survivable micro-environment, projecting energy at the precise location where robots or humans operate. For example, placed on the rim of Shackleton Crater (SC) at a location that receives solar illumination for most of the year, TFs would reflect solar energy onto robots/base operating in the dark cold crater. - TFs use shape transformation to unfold from a compact volume to a large reflective surface, and to control how much - and where - the energy is projected, compensating for the changing position of the sun. More »

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