Maxar Technologies has signed a contract with NASA to deliver a robotic arm called Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR). The arm – which will be used to acquire samples and determine the geotechnical properties of lunar regolith – is built from flight spare components from the Mars Exploration Rover mission involving Spirit and Opportunity.
The contract, worth $5m, will Maxar will provide a complete robotic system including all avionics, mechanical systems and operational support while on the lunar surface.
SAMPLR is one of 12 externally developed payloads that NASA selected as part of its Artemis lunar program and will travel to its destination aboard a yet-to-be-selected commercial lunar lander through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services project.
“Maxar traces its proud history in space exploration back to the first moon landing, where we built the Mission Control Center for the Apollo missions. Since then, we have provided robotics for all six of NASA’s Mars rovers and landers, including the soon-to-be-launched Mars 2020 rover,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Infrastructure.
Maxar provided render of the scoop on the SAMPLR
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