Drilling automation

When humankind returns to the Moon to establish colonies it will be bringing with it technologies born in the oil and mining industries. The European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos will be central to that effort as they prepare to land a robotic drilling system to extract oxygen and water from frozen lunar soil.
The authors describe challenges that must be overcome to reach the goal of drilling systems automation.
This paper details the introduction of a drilling automation system to deliver superior well-construction performance in a major gas field.

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