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Lunar Rover Will Search For Water On The Moon
2012-10-10 04:12:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A full size prototype of the Polaris lunar rover was unveiled recently by Astrobotic Technology Inc., a spin-off company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Polaris is a water-prospecting robot specially designed to work in the permanently shadowed craters of the lunar poles. Polaris is scheduled to launch using a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene...

2012-04-23 14:20:23

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology today announced a NASA contract to determine whether its polar rover can deploy an ice-prospecting payload to the Moon. The ice could yield water, oxygen, methane and rocket propellant to dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration. "Astrobotic seeks the immense resources available on the Moon to both accelerate space exploration and improve life on Earth," said David Gump, president. "The lunar path is near term. We...

2011-06-15 15:31:00

PITTSBURGH, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the moon in 2014. The half-ton aluminum structure will now be shipped to Boeing Co. facilities in El Segundo, Calif., for shake testing to confirm its soundness and its compatibility with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. (Photo:...

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2009-04-30 00:05:00

As the race to the moon between private firms heats up, many have high expectations for Astrobotic Technology Inc. Formed by Red Whittaker, a professor and roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, Astrobotic is among a collective of 17 teams competing against each other for their piece of the $30 million Lunar X prize being offered up by Google. In order to win, the Astrobotic team hopes to become the first privately funded team to send a robot rover to the Apollo 11 site where NASA...

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2009-02-25 10:00:00

Small robots the size of riding mowers could prepare a safe landing site for NASA's Moon outpost, according to a NASA-sponsored study prepared by Astrobotic Technology Inc. with technical assistance from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. Astrobotic Technology and Carnegie Mellon researchers analyzed mission requirements and developed the design for an innovative new type of small lunar robot under contract from NASA's Lunar Surface Systems group. The results will be presented...

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2008-03-28 01:10:00

A Houston-based aerospace company announced on Thursday that it hopes to begin a commercial service of sending human ashes to the moon.Celestis, Inc. has previously sent cremated remains into space on rockets since their 1997 Founders Flight, which sent 24 capsules into Earth orbit aboard a Pegasus rocket. Celestis said it hopes to reach the moon through its Luna 02 and Luna 03 missions as soon as 2009. Service options include capsules ranging from 1 to 14 grams, costing between $10,000 and...