Spacebit, a London-based start-up, plans to bring its robot crawler to the moon by 2021, following in the footsteps of the US, the USSR / Russia, and China. Instead of being equipped with wheels, the tiny robot weighing only 1.5 kg crawls across the lunar surface, taking photos and collecting data. The reason for the robotic legs is that the bot can navigate more easily through the rough terrain of the lunar surface and explore lava tubes and caves.
Spacebit partners with US firm Astrobotic, which was rewarded with $ 79.5 million (£ 65m) contract to transport 14 instruments to the lunar surface.
The British company has great ambitions to reach the moon, including building a permanent base.
Spacebit CEO, native Ukrainian Pavlo Tanasyu, who is now a British citizen, has told Express.co.uk about his company's ambitious mission.
He said, "First, in 2021
Mr. Tanasyu added that the rover explores the lava tubes o. The like on the moon, which could be used for the storage of cargo, and one day even to accommodate astronauts.
He continued, "We will use lava tubes on the Moon to store cargo or possibly even for astronauts in the future.
"The temperatures in the caves are not as extreme as on the surface. Theoretically, they have a stable temperature of about -35 degrees, and you can live in these conditions, and also the radiation levels are not as high as those of the soil. "
Tanasyu said Britain was the perfect place to launch the Spacebit Rover, as it offers unparalleled opportunities.
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For now, however, Spacebit remains on the Moon and there are currently no plans to go beyond the Moon satellites ,
Tanasyu: "We do not have Mars as our destination. We believe that the Moon offers more capabilities than Mars in terms of mineral resources and how we can settle on the Moon. Long-term prospects could include Mars.
"Currently, Mars is not very accessible, so we have to keep to the moon."