Martian robots – or more accurately, robot technology designed for use on Mars – could help improve crop yields on Earth, according to researchers.
A system developed originally to explore Mars has been transformed into an agricultural monitoring device for testing the quality of soil. It has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of farming.
The device consists of a mobile rover platform with a robotic arm which carries a soil sensing instrument. It is based on technology developed by the UK-based Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (STFC RAL) Space, and will be used in a new project being run by a team at the University of Strathclyde. [Read more…] about Robots from Mars to help reduce the environmental impact of farming