Dust Buddy moves on tank treads made of the same zinc-coated piano wire mesh as the wheels on NASA's Lunar Roving Vehicle. The treads have tiny magnetic “coils” to repel lunar dust. On top of the robot, there are multiple magnets (red in the pictures), which each have a wire wrapped around them. Rotating the wires around the magnets creates a strong electric field that repels lunar dust. This robot is powered by nuclear fisors (reactors) which create electricity, which the robot can store and use in a battery. The robot is coated in a material that uses atomic layer deposition to prevent the harsh particles in lunar soil from affecting the robot. On top of that, Dust Buddy is painted white to reflect heat and prevent overheating. Dust Buddy receives human instruction from people down on Earth through a radio, and interprets the instructions with an AI system.
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