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Polaris Rover

Company Name: Astrobotic Technology, USA

Available for future missions 

Planned Mission(s): Available for future missions

First Mission Launch: To Be Announced

Payload Delivery Locations: Potentially deliver payloads to Polar regions, Skylights, Pits, or Caves, Equatorial, Craters, and Far Side regions 

Rover Mass: To Be Announced

Rover Dimensions: ~ 1.5 - 1.8 m (5-6 ft) 

Rover Mobility: Top speed - 37 cm/s. It can cover tens of kilometres in a single lunar day.

It features a 55 cm ground clearance and the ability to surmount obstacles up to 40 cm in diameter.

It can Autonomously navigate the rugged lunar highland terrain, and conduct long-duration traverses.

Payload Bay - Available Mass: 90 kg 

Power Source Type: Solar panels

Power Generation and Usage: It can survive for extended periods in permanently shadowed regions. 

Power distribution (for payload): 0.5 W/kg of continuous power 

Interfaces Available for Payload: Provides 10 kbps of bandwidth per kg of payload 

Communications Available: It conducts direct-to-Earth communications. 

Cost: $4.5 M per kg of payload on the rover for Lunar payload delivery.

Expected Working Duration: To Be Announced

First Mission Rover Manifest: 

1) Front and Rear facing cameras

2) Gimballed high-gain antenna

3) Aluminum wheels

4) It employs a four-wheel drive skid steer with independent actuators and a rocker suspension

5) It can accommodate payloads demanding operational requirements such as drills, excavators, and robotic arms. Payloads can be mounted either above or below Polaris’s main deck to achieve their deployment and view factor needs. 

6) Polaris is compatible with many landers, including Astrobotic’s Griffin lunar lander. 

Last Updated on August 2022

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