With the help of the CubeRover apparatus, the agency intends to expand scientific, research, and commercial activities on the Moon.
It is noted that a four-wheeled vehicle the size of a shoebox was placed in a 120-ton container that simulated the surface of the moon. NASA experts evaluated the CubeRover’s agility and how its sensors, engine, and power systems perform in dusty environments. In total, the rover has performed over 150 mobility tests.
With the help of the Astrobotic Technology apparatus, the agency intends to expand scientific, research, and commercial activities on the Moon.
“The CubeRovers are lightweight, weighing approximately 9 pounds (about 4 kg). Their deployment and development costs are relatively low. This significantly reduces the cost of the flight, making CubeRovers an excellent platform for demonstration missions,” said Astrobotic Technology Director of Planetary Mobility Mike Provenzano.
According to him, the rover needs to be fully prepared by 2024 – for NASA’s Artemis lunar mission.
Recall that in July, the United States launched the world’s largest Mars rover, the Perseverance rover, to Mars. One of its main tasks is to collect soil samples, which in a few years will be taken by the next mission and delivered to Earth for the first time in 2031.