The Next Mars Invasion Will Be Oil-Drilling Robots That Don’t Cause Spills
From Fast Company January 10, 2013 - 5:00pm
Because there’s no way to fix things 140 million miles away, the Mars rovers have to be able to prevent their own accidents as they drill. It’s technology that now is being imported back from space to help ensure safer oil drilling on Earth. Orson Welles’ apocryphal radio broadcast of a Martian invasion may have been true after all. Retelling the War of the Worlds to an English audience in 1932, the author foretold of hordes of multi-tentacled Martians invading the Earth in search of precious resources. Today, multi-armed robots built by NASA drilling for water and life in Mars may soon be on Earth again. This time, they will be hunting for oil and gas. Autonomous drilling systems probing the Earth’s crust to extract hydrocarbons has long been a dream of the oil and gas industry. Ever since the first patent for drilling automation was awarded to Shell in 194...
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