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Icy Regolith Excavation
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Engineering on the Moon: Can You Dig It?: Part 2

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  The mission challenge for engineering teams from NASA is clear, should you decide to accept it: “DESIGN, BUILD, AND TEST TERRESTRIAL ANALOG FULL-SCALE PROTOTYPES OF ROBOTIC ICY REGOLITH EXCAVATION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.”- NASA  Break the Ice Challenge “Regolith” is the engineering term for “Moon dirt”, and when it comes…
Moon Mining - NASA's break the ice challenge
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Engineering on the Moon: Can You Dig It?: Part 1

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  The mission challenge for engineering teams from NASA is clear, should you decide to accept it: “DESIGN, BUILD, AND TEST TERRESTRIAL ANALOG FULL-SCALE PROTOTYPES OF ROBOTIC ICY REGOLITH EXCAVATION AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.”- NASA  Break the Ice Challenge “Regolith” is the engineering term for “Moon dirt”, and when it comes…
Total Effective Equipment Performance
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Is Your Planned Production Time Truly Productive?

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Total Effective Equipment Performance  In 2022, as we move forward into a turbulent Q3 summer with energy costs spiking and demand for aggregates and essential  “battery metals” surging to unprecedented global levels, reaching maximum potential production capacity is of the highest priority.  For mining, manufacturing, aggregates, construction materials, and just…
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Pump it up! Underground Mining Will Always Be a Challenge-Part 1

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  “All energy-producing machinery must be fabricated from materials extracted from the earth. No energy system, in short, is actually “renewable,” since all machines require the continual mining and processing of millions of tons of primary materials and the disposal of hardware that inevitably wears out. Compared with hydrocarbons, green…
Evergrande China
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Evergrande and Red China in the Red: Can China Deliver in 2022?

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  Resource Erectors Q4 2021-2022 Heavy Industry Review Part 1 China is facing soaring raw material costs, weakened manufacturing, a widespread power shortage, and the explosive Evergrande Effect in the real estate sector.  This November the inevitable Evergrande collapse looms large and ripple effects from China are beginning to rumble…
Clean Coal CO2 Capture
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The Decline of Clean Coal R&D Funding and the Pitfalls of Politically Driven Energy Policies

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  In a previous article Resource Erectors highlighted Elon Musk’s $100 million and $20 million XPRIZEs as motivation for the development of innovative CO2 capturing technology. The winning projects involved a coal-fired power plant and an LNG facility, where CO2 was captured at the stacks and injected to make concrete…
mining construction equipment 2021
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Construction and Mining Equipment 2021: Bulldozing Over Covid 19 Setbacks

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  In the third AEM [Association of Equipment Manufacturers] member survey conducted since the pandemic started, 75 percent of CEO respondents predict industry-wide revenue growth through October 2021.- Construction Equipment Guide It’s hard to keep a strong industry down and civil construction and mining are two sectors showing impressive resilience…
Minnesota Iron Ore Mining
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Mining Jobs Take Priority Over Traditional Politics in the US Iron Belt

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6 mayors in Northern Minnesota, a state in the heart of the US Iron Belt, have broken the long-standing tradition of their fathers and grandfathers by abandoning the Democrats and the Biden presidential campaign. As the Democrats rush farther and farther to the left, mayors, traditional Democrat communities,  and industry…

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