Scarab (rover)

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Scarab

Scarab is a 2010 robotic lunar rover prototype designed to assist astronauts take rock and mineral samples.[1][2] Scarab is capable of autonomously traversing in dark polar craters using laser mapping to navigate and carries a science payload. The science payload is capable of taking a core sample from 1 m depth and analyzing it for water and gasses, and also has an 80 cm bucket wheel for collecting lunar samples. The rover has a mass of 312 kg. [3] Scarab is will also be used to test varying mobility techniques and lunar wheels. It is being developed by the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, with support by NASA.

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  1. ^ "NASA Day on the Hill". NASA. 
  2. ^ "Snakes, Rovers and Googly Eyes: New Robot Masters Take Many Forms". Wired. 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ Skonieczny, K.; Wettergreen, D. S.; Whittaker, W. L. "Red" (25 January 2016). "Advantages of continuous excavation in lightweight planetary robotic operations". International Journal of Robotics Research. 35 (9): 1121–1139. doi:10.1177/0278364915615689. 

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