NASA’s SOFIA confirmed the existence of water on the Moon for the first time. A miniature Moon rover will explore it.
- The weight of this Puli rover is less than 400 grams.
- The Rover has four independently movable wheels, made of foot-like rubbery spokes
- The firm expects it to be ready to deploy on a lunar mission from next year
After NASA SOFIA confirmed the existence of water on the surface of the Moon. A miniature moon rover is being developed to explore the Moon’s surface in the search for water there.
The name of this Miniature Moon rover is Puli Rover- named after a Hungarian breed of dog. Puli rover is a low-cost platform. The Puli rover has been designed to carry different payloads.
It includes the ice water snooper. This snooper won the 2020 “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload” challenge, a competition organized by the US space agency.
Design of Puli Rover
Talking about its size, the weight of this device is less than 400 grams( 14 oz). The rover has four independently steerable wheels formed of foot-like rubberized spokes. It is a device that weighs less than a bag of sugar.
It can scale 40-45 degrees slopes. It has been tested on the moon and the Moon terrain in Hawaii and Morocco.
What is its aim?
Its aim is to investigate water ice by identifying and mapping the subsurface hydrogen content of lunar soil.
Matyas Hazadi, Head of Technical Engineering at Budapest who developed the Rover said:
“It looks for background radiation and then the background radiation induces a secondary radiation coming out of the Moon,”
“It is comparing the different energy of the background radiation spectrum to find water.”
With the support of NASA’s development funds, the company hopes to prepare for the deployment of missions to the moon starting next year.
The Puli Lunar Water Snooper is currently under development and will be able to identify and map subsurface hydrogen content of the lunar soil, mounted on a lunar micro-rover as early as 2022.
NASA supports the development with $225,000 USD funding and technical expertise for a year starting in January 2021.