The Canadian Space Agency unveiled two new, lighter rovers today that will allow it to participate in more missions because of streamlined design and lower price tag.
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The head of robotics at the CSA, Erick Dupuis, said that to help them take part in more missions, the Canadian Space Agency asked that these rovers have a simpler design.
"The intent was to have something that would allow us to participate in a mission at a reduced cost as much as possible."
According to the company contracted to develop the rovers, Ontario Drive & Gear, these new models are between $40,000 and about $150,000.
Weighing about 100 kilograms each, the new rovers are not only lighter than older generation models but they also have a simpler design overall while still being able to handle the tough conditions on the moon.
Emulating moon-like conditions meant spraying them with moondust in a thermal vacuum chamber while exposing them to temperatures of -170 C and 130 C.