KRex Robot: Smart Astronaut Robot
NASA’s KRex is a prototype planetary rover designed for rough terrain. It’s undergoing development and testing for a targeted lunar mission as early as 2018. K-REX will be equipped with specialized prospecting instruments to help with the science. The rover includes a camera and lamp underneath the rover so scientists can collect data and see the soil. The Neutron Spectrometer senses the hydrogen in water to gauge soil and rock moisture. The Near-Infrared Volatile Spectrometer Systems (NIRVSS), which utilizes heritage technology from the NASA Ames Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission to the moon, will measure light reflections from the soil and identify levels of hydration and specific mineralogy in the differing surface and subsurface.
- Country: USA
- Company: NASA