Astrobotic won a $34.6M NASA Tipping Point partnership to demonstrate the power transmission abilities of its LunaGrid-Lite on the Moon.
Astrobotic announced that it acquired Masten Space Systems, along with its portfolio of space technology, for $4.5 million.
The Iris rover weighs only about four pounds, and will be sent to the moon sometime in 2022 aboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander.
Battery life is an issue for many types of robots. But it is especially challenging for robots operating in outer space. A new initiative under NASA’s “Tipping Point” program hopes to solve this and make smaller robots available for missions that weren’t within reach before, including night missions on the moon. NASA awarded a $5.8…