Astrobotic’s mobility-as-a-service enables science and exploration on several flexible platforms to optimize performance for your mission. We deliver payloads to planetary surfaces on rovers that can support robust payload needs such as power, communications, and thermal environments. As the world’s first in lunar lander delivery services, our planetary mobility services offer “last meter” delivery services after landing.
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The CubeRover was designed as a modular product line to accommodate payloads with varying mass, power, thermal, and communications demands. Payloads can be mounted inside or underneath the CubeRover chassis within the multi-layer insulation. Payloads mounted in these locations are thermally controlled based on the payload customer's requirements.
CubeRovers are available in three standard sizes: 2U, 4U, and 6U. Akin to CubeSats, each CubeRover unit, or “U,” can support a 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm payload that weighs 1 kg. Increasing payload demands can be supported by modifying the flexible design or increasing the unit size. Dimensions of the payload volume for each unit are as follows:
2U: 20 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm
4U: 20 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm
6U: 30 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm
The primary components located inside the CubeRover chassis include rechargeable batteries, cameras, and a single board computer. The wheels are powered by four motors located below the chassis that are thermally shielded by multi-layer insulation. The chassis serves as a radiator and structural connection for the top-mounted deployable solar array.
Polaris was designed with a flexible BUS to accommodate diverse lunar payloads with distinct mission profiles. Polaris can support up 90 kg of shared payload mass, can accomplish long duration traverses, and provides direct-to-Earth (DTE) communication.
Payloads can be mounted inside the payload bay under the rear rover chassis or affixed to the radiator above the rear rover chassis. It is suggested that deployable payloads mount under the rover and that static payloads mount next to the radiators.
The core components of Polaris include an adjustable number of rechargeable batteries, a fixed solar array, drive motors, radiators, a gimballed high gain antenna for DTE communication, rear- and front-facing stereo cameras, LED lighting for traversal in shadowed regions, and autonomous navigation capability for periods when no antenna signal is available.
We are pleased to extend our market-leading delivery services to our growing family of robotic rovers. We are currently developing several mobile platforms and components that will fly to the Moon starting as early as 2021. Our wealth of expertise in the lunar environment and in space qualification programs enables us to ensure a safe and successful delivery of your payload on board our rovers.
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Use our online mission design tool to select a destination, define your payload's characteristics, and choose services. You can see the estimated mission cost and submit your mission for analysis by Astrobotic.