Moon Minute: Carbon Fiber
Google Lunar XPRIZE team Hakuto has revealed their new Moon rover, and it’s a beauty!
Built with carbon fiber, the Moon-exploring robot from Japan has taken on a sleek new form. Previous models had the look of a pure “knight in shining armor” with complete aluminum plating, but this edition takes style for the Moon to a whole new level with a dark, elegant look.
The modified shape is optimized for both the best possible camera work--as it will be taking HD video--and for the ruggedness required to explore the Moon’s tough wilderness.
The rover is set to complete a series of additional tests this year both out in the field and in the lab, before being stamped with its final authorization early in 2017. Then, next stop: the Moon.
For the full technical specs on this rugged adventurer, watch the video embedded above.
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Author: Nick Azer; Editor: Susan Emmer