A group of scientists at the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute has been claiming that a prototype of a robot, solar-powered and full-sized, has been planned successfully by it.
As per the team, the aim is to look for rich deposits of water ice present on the moon. Since, the same can further be utilized for fuel or oxygen or can be used as a source of water as well.
The rover has been dubbed as Polaris, and the development of it is still in process by Astrobotic Technology Inc., which is a spinoff company of Carnegie Mellon University. The company usually engages in developmental works of robotics technology meant for planetary missions.
It is being said that the rover would help researchers not only to test, but improvise the robot's computer vision as well. Also, planning software and navigation could be improved and a software that has the potential to place the rover within 10 feet on the moon.
Wednesday, it was announced that the rover’s voyage is intended for the moon's northern pole and would launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on the top of SpaceX Falcon 9. "It is the first rover developed specifically for drilling lunar ice”, said head of Astrobotic William "Red" Whittaker.
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