Meet the maker(s): Lunar Zebro, an extraterrestrial project. The team consists of a large number of TU Delft students with a shared passion for robots and the moon. Together they try to make the impossible possible; create a network on the moon consisting of lunar rovers. But not just any moon rovers. Lunar Zebro Project produces the smallest and lightest rovers ever. However, despite the small size, the robots remain powerful. For rough terrain, they are equipped with unique six-legged technology and loaded with tools to explore every corner of the moon.
While much testing is still being done in caves and on rugged terrestrial surfaces, the lunar zebro project is launching sky high soon. The prospect is to land the rovers on the moon by 2023. Then, In the course of the lunar day, the rover will test its unique six-legged locomotion. After walking some distance it will take a unique picture of the lander and Earth. While walking, the rover shall avoid craters and boulders bigger than itself by using the onboard Semi-Autonomous Navigation System (SANS). At the end of the day, the rover will enter hibernation mode to face the -233°C lunar night. It will beacon when it wakes up, if ever.
The ultimate goal of lunar zebro project is to create a transmission network on the surface of the moon. In this way, all lunar rovers can communicate with each other and cover the entire lunar surface for rapid communication( radio signals, sharing information etc). The rover could then serve as communication beacons and connect everything on the moon.
Interested in the miraculous project? Do you want to know how future moon explorations work? Then come to the maker faire delft on 4 and 5 June. See you there!