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Mobility Testbed Rover Completes First 100-Meter Drive Test

• Astrobotic
Astrobotic’s rover development group at Carnegie Mellon University is developing the Mobility Testbed – a rover to facilitate testing representative of the rover that will fly on Astrobotic’s mission to the Moon’s Lacus Mortis region. The Mobility Testbed has the same mobility configuration as the “protoflight” rover that will undergo environmental testing during the Milestone Prize Accomplishment Round but is constructed primarily out of terrestrial-grade components and materials. This reduces cost and lead times while maintaining the physical attributes needed to conduct mobility tests representative of the eventual flight article. Most recently, the team has integrated hardware modifications such as improved motor controllers, main computers, functional test radios, and an all-new avionics bay. 

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