GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Can robots build a base on the moon without much human help?

If one of Japan’s space project is successful, they could.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been researching and planning the construction of the moon base for three years now.

How the base would look like remains conceptual, but JAXA — together with a construction firm and three Japanese universities — unveiled and tested an autonomous backhoe that will do the work.

The backhoe would be sent to the moon and would be remotely controlled from a distance.

The research team also plans to develop a shield to prevent radiation damage to the base and humans alike.

It’s yet another ambitious space project from JAXA — they hope to send astronauts to the moon by 2030 and they recently detonated a bomb on an asteroid.