Michael Dattolo

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The Martian is a pioneering initiative in extraterrestrial construction focused on developing habitats on Mars. Central to this project is a highly sophisticated robot uniquely tailored for Mars' challenging environment. It integrates advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), Depth Cameras, and a specialized construction mechanism. The AI enables autonomous decision-making, optimizes resource allocation, and executes complex building strategies. LIDAR technology allows for precise 3D mapping of Martian terrain, vital for site assessment and construction integrity. The depth camera provides detailed spatial awareness which is crucial for meticulous construction tasks. This robot will make it where there is a low risk for astronauts building habitats on Mars. By reducing the need for astronaut intervention in the initial construction phase, "The Martian" project minimizes the risks to human life and marks a new era in autonomous extraterrestrial construction.

Faculty Mentor

Jonathan Harris, M.I.D.

Academic Discipline

College of Engineering & Design

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Engineering Commons



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