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Capreol firm building tool for prospecting space robot

Capreol-based mining and automation robotics firm, Deltion Innovations Ltd.
Deltion Innovations CEO Dale Boucher talks about the drilling 'Swiss Army Knife' his company will build for the Canadian Space Agency. Photo: Jonathan Migneault

Capreol-based mining and automation robotics firm, Deltion Innovations Ltd., announced today that it has been awarded a contract as part of the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program, to develop PROMPT, a robot with the potential for deployment on future exploration and prospecting missions on the Moon and even possibly Mars.

PROMPT (which stands for Percussive and Rotary Multi-Purpose Tool) is a combination drill and rotary multi-purpose tool — essentially a space-age Swiss Army Knife© — which combines elements of previous CSA supported Deltion projects such as mini-corer drill, power socket wrench tool and a lunar sampling drill.

Key elements from these projects will be combined into a single small, lightweight unit and installed on the end of a CSA robotic manipulator arm.

PROMPT is designed to work on its own, drilling into rock and other materials to capture a variety of samples. The tool will also be equipped to attach and remove screws and bolts in robotic construction, maintenance and repair tasks.

“Deltion Innovations Ltd. is very proud to have been awarded this contract by the CSA to develop PROMPT,” said Dale Boucher, CEO of Deltion. "This project continues our unique heritage of space mining technology developments, and we are eager to combine those technologies in an innovative, practical way

Deltion Innovations Ltd. is subcontracting with two other Ontario based companies – Neptec Design Group in Kanata and Atlas Copco in North Bay.

Northern Life will update this story with additional information.