It became known that in October next year, the first rover races in history may take place on the lunar surface. We’re not talking about a race with real pilots. Instead, the Moon Mark project proposes to conduct races with the participation of two radio-controlled rovers.
It is also noteworthy that the participating rovers will be developing with the involvement of students and with the support of McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson.
Within the framework of the mentioned project, it is planned to deliver a pair of miniature rovers weighing 2.5 kg each to the Earth satellite. In addition, the “deployment mechanism” of the fireballs will weigh about 3 kg. They will be delivered to the lunar surface using the Intuitive Machines Nova-C module on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The race will be filmed and broadcast online.
Obviously, questions may arise as to how strong the delays will accompany the process of remotely controlling rovers on the lunar surface. CTO Todd Wallach doesn’t think this will be a problem.
“We do not expect significant communication delay to affect race or vehicle handling. Through our partnership with Intuitive Machines, we will have visual effects, telemetry and online control“- said Todd Wallach.
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