Developed in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Astrobotic recently announced that it has delivered Cube Rover to NASA. This marks the second phase of the company’s SBIR contract with NASA, which is tasked with developing a portable rover capable of traveling with various lunar landers.
Last October, Astrobotic won a $2 million contract from NASA to complete Cube Rover’s work and bring rover products to market. Cube Rover will follow the Peregrine lunar lander to the moon next year as part of next year’s flagship mission, Astrobotic said.
CubeRover is described as an ultralight rover designed for space missions; it is only the size of a shoebox and can be used for a variety of purposes, including reconnaissance locations as a small patrol fleet and small vehicles for carrying the same small payload. Astrobotic explains that the station’s small size and light weight will make it cheaper for commercial customers to access the moon’s surface.