Someone else mentioned "autonomous" mining equipment and I asked for a link, but got none so far. I suppose the existing equipment does what you say (drill if you tell it where to) but is far from autonomous and needs to be maintained by humans. Well I'm no expert but it does seem far fetched on Mars
I want a watch which is my phone and data connection. I want to see basic comm functionality I can use - bluetooth for audio if need be - all the time. I want a mini- or regular sized tablet I can carry with my when I think I'll need to interact with the data - but I want to be instant. When I pull up my tablet (whether it be a 5" Android or Apple handset, or a Surface Pro or iPad Pro), I want the low power BT to kickstart the connection and then ramp up to max LTE speeds (or at least hit the 25Mbps BT 4 spec) without me ever having to manually connect; and roll to wifi gracefully (where available) for data while maintaining the data link with the watch for notification and content sync.
So what are the technical hurdles that would need to be overcome for there to be actual mining with robots? Doing some quick googling I see that Komatsu and CAT and a few others offer fully autonomous mining solutions. Are those just bullshit and don't work as advertised?
Link to these full solutions please? On Komatsu website I only find autonomous components.
Otherwise: maintenance, sheer mass to get to Mars?
Hint: Replace the words "mining robot" with "mining RPV".
Realistically, we're not talking autonomous mining robot, we're talking remote controlled mining equipment. Sort of like what we use on Earth, but with a longer delay between command and response.(...)
Hint: The delay is completely impractical
When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.