Herox has announced the launch of Honey I Shrunk the NASA Payload, a crowdsourcing competition on behalf of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) and NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the company said.
The challenge calls on the global community of solvers to develop miniature payloads that could be sent to the moon in the next several years to fill strategic lunar knowledge gaps.
In the future, NASA could send rovers the size of a Roomba® to explore the moon´s surface. These small rovers would provide greater mission flexibility and allow NASA to collect key information about the moon´s surface including its resources potential, the environment and effects on humans, and how to live and work on the moon. This intel is valuable for NASA´s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustained lunar presence a few years later. Existing science payloads are too big, too heavy, and require too much power for these small rovers and new, miniaturized payload designs are needed.
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