UK’s first Moon rover to be launched in 2021

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 12, 2019

A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

United Kingdom startup Spacebit signed a contract with USA space robotics company Astrobotic to get the rover on board their Peregrine lander, which will carry 14 NASA instruments to the moon.

"Our goal is to go there and see what is available there for all humanity to explore", he said.

Spacebit hopes that thanks to its legs and dinky size, the robot will indirectly be ready to explore the moon's "lunar lava tubes". Ideal the US, China and Russian Federation appreciate successfully done so.

SpaceBit will be one of those partners, sending the rover to the surface inside Astrobotic's Peregrine lander. VIDEO 1:07 01:07 NASA just showed off its new Mars rover doing bicep curls The Bottom Line Spacebit co-founder and CEO Pavlo Tanasyuk said the launch "will carry the first lunar lander from American soil since Apollo". India attempted to land its Pragyam rover in September, but misplaced contact with the Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander.

The rover is battery-powered, but a small solar panel will also harness energy from the Sun. It has sensors that can take measurements and collect exploration data for researchers to analyze. "And also we are planning to potentially go into mass production of this rover so we can explore our solar system and run low-priced missions to the moon and beyond", Tanasyuk said.

Spacebit plans to run a competition to allow the public to choose the name for the new rover - despite a recent poll to name a new British research ship being won by "Boaty McBoatface".

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