MDA discusses status, mission objectives of Canada’s LEAP lunar rover

Humanity’s next steps in space exploration are focused on exploring like we never have before: returning to the Moon to establish a permanent, sustainable base as we move on to stepping foot on Mars — all of which the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is actively participating in. While the contribution to the upcoming Lunar Gateway in the form of — among other things — Canadarm3 has been in work for over a year at this point, the first flight contribution from Canada for the lunar settlement initiative is scheduled to come in the form of the Lunar Leap Accelerator Program (LEAP) rover to help better understand how we can maintain a continued human presence on these celestial terrains. LEAP objectives and MDA The LEAP rover will be approximately 24 kg and will be capable of surviving at least two lunar days and one lunar night, which is equal to 42 days on Earth. The rover will carry a minimum of two scientific payloads totaling 6 kg, one of which is sponsored by NASA. The mission’s primary goal will be to test the integration of artificial intelligence with robotics as well as collect vital scientific data through partnerships with academia and…

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MDA discusses status, mission objectives of Canada’s LEAP lunar rover

Updated: December 10, 2021 — 9:26 pm