Product/Service - MPR (Mobile Power Rover)
- Surface Spacecraft
- Commercial Rover
Resources - Energy
- Lunar Rover
Wireless Power Transfer
- First launch
MPR-1 Mobile Power Rover (MPR-1) is a medium size rover scheduled to launch in 2024 to the South Pole of the Moon and provide power to other missions.
- Rover is capable supporting science, mining, or exploration missions on the Moon.
- MPR-1 is built in mind to be a reliable power source solution for others to survive the nights and safely complete missions with power source nearby.
Toronto-based Stells, founded by CEO Alex Kapralov and CTO Vital Ioussoupov in 2021, is developing a rover called Mobile Power Rover (MPR-1) that would be able to provide power to lunar spacecraft via wireless charging. The company has secured a launch date in November 2024 via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and an Intuitive Machines lander, with a tentative landing on the moon in January 2025.
“The way we’re planning on delivering power is by using a box we call the wireless charging box, or WCB,” says Kapralov. The WCB would harness the power via solar panels — in the case of a lunar crater, it would place those on the crater’s rim, then run power lines down to the crater floor, where the WCB would be stationed. The WCB would then store that power in its batteries, then distribute it quickly to other rovers via wireless charging. Those rovers, which would need a specific wireless charging port compatible with the WCB, would be able to navigate to the WCB using a beacon or visual navigation. With no atmosphere to attenuate the wireless power signal, this process would be much more efficient than on Earth.
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