CEO and Founder of UK startup Spacebit Pavlo Tanasyuk has announced the first commercial UK mission to the Moon.
Spacebit say it will send the smallest robotic moon rover in the world, with legs and not wheels.
According to Pavlo Tanasyuk, the robotic rover features a sensor that can take measurements and collect exploration data. This data can be evaluated and it can be utilised for any commercial and scientific purpose.
With two cameras, the rover can take imagery of the Moon’s surface. What’s more, its legs are intended for roving into lunar lava tubes, which something has not been possible before.
The rover has been built to endure the massive swings in lunar temperatures – from 130 degrees during the day to minus 130 degrees at night.
The company say that this lunar mission will be the first for the United Kingdom.
The US, Russia and China are the only three nations which have successfully managed to get a rover onto the Moon. The UK will be next, say company Spacebit.
Recently, Spacebit signed a joint agreement with Astrobotic to start scientific and commercial lunar exploration with the first mission in 2021 on the Peregrine lunar lander.
Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander will be launched on a Vulcan Centaur rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The launch will carry the first lunar lander from American soil since Apollo. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver payloads to The Moon in 2021.
Spacebit’s lunar mission will be launched in summer 2021 and it will be active on the Moon for ten days of exploration.