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Lunar Rover for Polar Crater Exploration (Scarab)
Head: David Wettergreen
Contact: David Wettergreen
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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The polar craters of the moon lie in permanent shadow and may hold water ice frozen in the deep cold. The Scarab rover has been designed to carry a 1-meter coring drill and a payload of science instruments that can analyze the abundance of hydrogen, oxygen and other materials. Scarab has a unique transforming chassis that allows it to lay down on the ground to stablize a drill and also to posture itself for slope ascent and descent. Onboard software controls motions and uses laser scanning technologies to autonomously perceive and navigate terrain in total darkness.