Its mission: explore the lunar body and fulfil the tasks of the Google Lunar XPRIZE: land safely on the moon, drive 500 metres, send pictures back to Earth. Maximum traction is essential.
“The first version of our Asimov Rover stood the test very well during a drive through the volcanic crater landscape on the island of Tenerife,” explains Karsten Becker from Part-Time Scientists.
Karsten manoeuvred the rover like a remote-controlled car across the volcanic rock, always with an eye on the vehicle. During the drive on the moon, Karsten won’t be standing next to the Audi lunar quattro. He will be controlling it from Earth – with a time delay of three seconds. The route is pre-calculated – but still: the rover will be driving more or less blind.