Trio of mini moon rovers pass key tests ahead of upcoming lunar launch (photos)


A trio of team-working lunar rovers have been put through their paces at the famous “Mars Yard” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) ahead of their launch to the moon later this year or early next year.

The Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration, or CADRE, rovers are a trio of suitcase-sized robotic wheeled explorers for which cooperation is the name of the game. They will fly to the moon‘s Reiner Gamma region on the second mission by Houston company Intuitive Machines, where they will act as a proof of concept to showcase how robots can work together on another world without the explicit interference of humans.



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