NASA's New Moon Rover.

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PostTue Sep 22, 2009 9:40 pm » by Towelie


Lunar Electric Rover (LER.)

The new rover weighs four tons, has a 20-horsepower engine, and can traverse 30-degree slopes and climb over meter-sized boulders. "It's a beast," says Rob Ambrose, a human robotics engineer at JSC, who works on LER.
LER's 12 wheels are driven by two electric motors and can pivot 360 degrees, allowing the vehicle to travel in a sideways, crablike motion. "If things get complicated, it has a way to wiggle its way out, and it can lift its legs up and down to stay out of trouble," Ambrose says.

Cool thing pressurised so they can go for longer trips aswell.

First links a 12min video.
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid37875717001?bctid=40768085001
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23481/
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PostTue Sep 22, 2009 9:46 pm » by Drextin


I watched a show on the new rover. Sad part is by time they make it back to the moon this one will be obsolete.
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PostTue Sep 22, 2009 9:58 pm » by Humanbeing


I'd drive that on the moon!

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PostTue Sep 22, 2009 9:59 pm » by Towelie


Yeah its not looking very promising for future missions.
Well theres still China, sure theyll head there at some point.

I wasnt sure how to put pics up, tyvm Slushpup :D .
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