Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NASA delays launch of drilling robot on the Moon

Jakarta ,

NASA Delay in flight of the volatiles investigating the Polar Exploration Rover or VIPER, in essence, a specialized robot designed to drill and hunt for water on the surface Moon, The mission was originally scheduled to launch a lunar mission in November 2023.

Now, NASA is targeting a VIPER launch in November 2024 to allow testing of a lander that will deliver the vehicle to the lunar surface.

derive from ledge, VIPER is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to send humans back to the Moon. A rover robot is, in essence, a vehicle assigned as a seeker.

Equipped with special agile wheels, science instruments and drills, VIPER is designed to hunt for water ice on the Moon’s surface to determine how much water is there, how much water is dispersed and what type of water it is. There is water.

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That way, if future missions want to mine lunar waters, they’ll have a better knowledge of where to look and what equipment they’ll need.

To allow VIPER to go to the moon, NASA Astrobotic was contracted to a commercial company through the CLPS program, an initiative to encourage private companies to build commercial landing platforms. Moon,

Astrobotic, which is working on a fleet of lunar robotic landers, plans to use a future Griffin lander to bring VIPER to the lunar surface.

But today, NASA announced that it had requested additional testing of the Griffin lander, then pushed back its projected launch date to the end of 2024. Along with the change, NASA awarded an additional $67.8 million to Astrobotic, bringing the total contract value for the company’s VIPER mission. $320, up to 4 million.

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Although the rover’s launch was delayed, NASA There are plans to fly a version of the VIPER instrument on two commercial landers Moon end of this year. The two landers include one being developed by Houston-based company Intuitive Machines, as well as another smaller lander called Peregrine being developed by Astrobotic.

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