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Moon Robotics Space Technology

Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built 36

Zothecula writes "Astrobotic Technology Inc., a spin-off company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has debuted its full-size flight prototype of its Polaris lunar water-prospecting robot. Polaris is specially designed to work in the permanently shadowed craters at the Moon's poles. Scheduled to be sent to the Moon using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, the solar-powered rover is a contender in the US$20 million Google Lunar X Prize and is tasked with seeking ice deposits that could be used by future colonists."
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Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

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  • Re:A bright idea? (Score:5, Informative)

    by multiben (1916126) on Tuesday October 09, 2012 @05:33PM (#41601289)
    Since your clicking finger may be broken, here is a relevant section of the article to help you out:

    To find the ice, a rover thus must operate as close to the dark poles as possible, but not so far that it can't use solar arrays for power, Whittaker said. Polaris thus has three large solar arrays, arranged vertically to capture light from low on the horizon. The solar arrays will be capable of an average of 250 watts of electrical power.

    Funny how they did actually consider this before designing a multi-million dollar robot. It looks like maybe they did complete Physics 101.

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