Spacebit is developing the world's first walking lunar rover that will go the Moon in 2021
- Surface Spacecraft
- Commercial Rover
- Lunar Rover
- 3) Development
- First launch
Spacebit announced plans in October to send a wheeled rover to the moon in the 2021 onboard Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander. Spacebit announced a contract in 2019 to send Asagumo, a 1.3-kilogram rover that travels on four legs, to the moon on Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander flight in 2021.
Spacebit opted for wheels on its second lander because the company is eager to see how a different technology responds to the lunar surface, Tanasyuk said. In addition, a wheeled rover is likely to require just two motors while Spacebit’s Asagumo rover will require between six and 12 rovers to walk on four legs.