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NASA Selects First Mode and ASU to Develop Marathon Moon Rover, Intrepid

15 Jan 2020, 10:52 UTC
NASA Selects First Mode and ASU to Develop Marathon Moon Rover, Intrepid
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A preliminary CAD model of Intrepid, a novel Lunar Rover being developed in support of the NASA Planetary Mission Concept Study program. (Credit: First Mode)

SEATTLE (First Mode PR) — First Mode, a system design and engineering firm, has been selected by NASA to develop a pioneering lunar mission concept with Arizona State University (ASU). The effort will be funded through NASA’s Planetary Mission Concept Study program.

The Intrepid mission would develop and deploy the Intrepid rover to traverse the furthest distance of any rover in NASA’s history. The next- generation, 425 kilogram rover — roughly the size of a Quad-bike/ATV — will explore an unprecedented 1,800 kilometers over four years as it examines the geology of the lunar surface, preparing NASA for human exploration as it investigates over 100 major sites that have only been viewed from orbit. To explore the details of the Intrepid mission, you can read our blog post here.

Powered by a plutonium-based, multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG), Intrepid will identify hydrogen (a proxy for water content) in the lunar regolith. Most strategies for a sustained human presence in space require mining water to support life and provide fuel. Additionally, Intrepid will map radiation, ...

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