Canada is moving forward towards its first lunar rover mission as part of an international campaign to explore the Moon with robotic and human explorers.
As part of the European Space Agency (ESA)-led Human Enhanced Robotic Architecture and Capability for Lunar Exploration and Science (HERACLES) mission’s Lunar Surface Mobility (LSM) component, Canada aims to contribute a rover referred to as the Precursor to Human And Scientific Rover (PHASR). This is a robotic rover that would be key towards demonstrating capabilities in scientific research and lunar sample collection, acting as a precursor to the larger rovers to follow that will be driven by astronauts on the lunar surface. A team led by Maxar Technologies’ MDA will complete a Concept Study of the rover, which includes a design of rover subsystems as well as mission operations.
Mission Control is pleased to support this project by providing technical contributions to rover design tradeoffs and mission operation concepts, and examining how our software technologies could enhance the rover’s Guidance, Navigation, & Control subsystem.
More information on this project can be found in MDA’s press release.