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The space vehicle is in the test phase at the Glenn Research Center of the North American space agency.

Before it reaches our satellite and passes through it, the NASA’s new rover must be carefully prepared. It’s because of it VIPER is tested in the Simulated Lunar Operations Laboratory at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, as you can see in the video recently released by NASA. With the aim of explore the south pole of the moonthis vehicle, called Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is Suffering The ace adversities of sandy terrain, sloping hills and craters similar to those you will encounter when alunice on the gray surface.

VIPER tested under conditions similar to those encountered on the Moon

One of the hardware parts to which more accent done in these tests is the MGRU3Lunar Gravitation Unit 3, which includes the rover motor controllers and which have been specially designed for this model of lunar exploration vehicle. Arno Roggengineer and director of NASA rover systems at the Ames Research Center, said in the NASA Publication What:

Unlike car motors, which use throttle and brake to speed up or slow down, VIPER’s motor controllers allow rover wheels to spin at the speed and force drivers want, with pinpoint precision for better performance. These tests will allow us to verify the operation of the rover’s mobility system and whether it will work on the Moon.

Recreation of VIPER on the surface of the Moon

Recreation of VIPER on the surface of the Moon. Nasa

To know how will the rover behave in case of Adverse conditions of the terrain or the environment is essential in order to be able to propose solutions that do not surprise the engineering team. The vehicle also includes the ability to transform in a kind of mechanical caterpillara method of movement that would serve to avoid situations in which the rover gets stuck in the ground.

The cleveland lab program all obstacles and setbacks possible that have been cataloged by the VIPER scientific team, since the lunar ground simulation, rocks chosen one by one or the creation of craters similar in size and shape to what the rover might encounter when visiting the Moon’s south pole. Kevin Maysystem engineer who prepared part of the tests, ensures What:

Using data and images from previous Moon missions, we created random scenarios to replicate the Moon’s surface, complete with craters and rocks. By realistically recreating the Moon’s environment, we can get a much better idea of ​​how VIPER will behave on its surface.

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