LUVMI-X Rover (The Lunar Volatiles Mobile Instrumentation rover)
Onboard solar panels generate up to 140W of which more than 50% are available for payloads
Power cells may store up to 1400Wh. 28V nominal, 12V and 5V available upon request.
Rover Range: 10+ km
The rocker mechanism in the rover allows 4-wheel contact with up to 40cm high obstacles.
3-6 W/kg (avg), 10-50 (pk)
Near Side: Direct To Earth, high-speed link (1-2 Mbps)
Far Side: Dependent on Relay Satellite
Local communications to Lander and/or deployed payloads over the UHF band.
Data (per payload cube unit): 50–100 kbps (avg), 1-2 Mbps (pk)
Two-way RF communications with deployed payloads are available.
1140 x 770 x 800mm
It features two payload bays (fore and aft) capable of hosting up to 24 U (12 U x 2) worth of scientific instruments
The platform supports high data rate (spacewire) communication and low data rate communication (RS-422 and CAN) with payloads and equipment.
PAYLOAD BAY (AVAILABLE MASS)
PAYLOAD BAY SIZE
POWER GENERATION & USAGE
POWER DISTRIBUTION (FOR PAYLOAD)
INTERFACES AVAILABLE (FOR PAYLOAD)
In its reference configuration, the LUVMI-X rover features a full set of volatiles science instruments – as well as cube payloads, including:
A mass spectrometer
A laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy system (LIBS)
A radiation detector
Lunar Payload Delivery Service with this rover is carried out with the Nova-C lunar lander by Intuitive Machines.
LUVMI-X is a small, autonomous lunar rover equipped with innovative instrumentation. It aims to search out water and other volatiles on the lunar surface, opening new horizons for future human missions to the Moon and beyond. LUVMI-X is an evolution of LUVMI that provides more payload accommodation and deployment capabilities, including deployment of small payloads, all within a lower mass and volume.
Payloads are accommodated from 1U upwards in multiples of 10cm:
Mounted payloads - Fixed to the rover platform.
Droppable payloads - Softly deposited on the soil allowing for data collection away from rover-related disturbances (vibratory, magnetic, etc)
Propellable payloads will be projected up to 50m from the rover reaching otherwise inaccessible areas.