The United Kingdom is all set to join the rush to the moon when they send their lunar rover in the form of a 2.2 lb (1 kg) four-legged robot on the lunar surface. The lunar robot, which was developed by London-based Spacebit will lift off abroad the Peregrine moon lander from Astrobotic in July 2021.
It will be the first mission of both the companies involved – Peregrine and its launch vehicle, Vulcan Centaur from the United Launch Alliance. In fact, it will be the very first attempt to the lunar surface by any UK-built spacecraft. It will also be the first time that as a legged robot, not a wheeled rover will venture into another world.
The robot will travel 10 meters or 33 ft at least, on the moon’s surface. It will beam HD video images along with various other data back to earth during its 10-earth day-long mission. This was announced by the representatives of the Spacebit.
If everything goes as per the plans, then this will just be the first of a large fleet of these robots, which Space bit will launch for exploring the lunar surface along with the near subsurface. They will particularly explore the lava tubes that can an ideal place of future human settlement.
The walking rover or robot from Space bit will not be the only one to fly to the moon in 2021. It will just be one of the almost 30 other payloads that the space vehicle will ferry to the lunar surface for several customers. 14 of them will of NASA. So far lunar landings of only three countries – China, the USA, and the erstwhile Soviet Union have been successful. Recently, similar attempts made by Israel and India failed. India’s lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2’s lunar orbiter, however, is working excellent.
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