SpaceTas":1uy0anap said:It would be far easier, less exciting, to have a tele-operator(s) (the 1 sec delay is not too bad) running the diggers, water extractors and fuel makers. The operators could be sitting in a nice comfortable office drinking their favorite cup of joe, breathing free air, ordering in pizza, and just be able to flush the toilet.
You'd still need a repair crew every now and then, to go visit the moon. But the astronauts could spend their time exploring.
For me, tele operated diggers would be a more exciting way to extract in situ resources. It is more exciting to me because it seems more affordable and sustainable.
A more practical path for us getting there and staying there.