Our goal is to open up space for innovation and exploration. And to give back to the communities that were supportive since we started. That’s why we came up with the Lunar Rover Payload Opportunity, the chance to send payload to the lunar surface for free.
We reserved some slots in our rovers that are given to projects on a competitive basis. We are looking both for scientific experiments that advance our knowledge of the Moon and its space environment or technical payload that is innovative or a significant iteration, making space exploration safer, more reliable, or affordable.
Your payload would be in one of the drop containers that is below the solar panel (note: container not displayed in the above image).
Since this offer will be tailored to the participating projects, it’s too early to specify requirements, procedures, and schedule in too much detail at this time. Find below the first items that should give you an orientation. (15Jan2015)
To send in your proposal, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to read the specifications first.
For questions or e-mails with attachment, please write to email@example.com.
The Cube Sat format of 10x10x10 cm and 1.33 kg is the standard unit for PTS payload calculations. You can stay below. In few cases you can exceed it, but be very sure to check this with us.
There are two modes: transportation (from Earth to Moon) and operation (what you do on the lunar surface). During transportation your experiment is expected to stay in its box. Operation on the other side can look different: you could use robotic arms that fold out of the box and move outside or your payload moves over the lunar surface or digs into it.
We provide some energy via solar cells mounted to the drop container. We need to figure out together with your payload how much that would be.
You can either communicate directly with the Earth or use our lander via means compareable to WLAN. More on this will follow soon.
In order to get your payload space-ready, you need to conduct several test programs. What you do beyond (e.g. radiation hardening) is up to you.
This is your rough roadmap to lift-off:
Details will be worked out once we got enough feedback.