Sep 13, 2023

Japanese toymaker to deploy a rolling robot on the Moon

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

The LEV-2 robot will separate from Japan’s SLIM lunar lander and capture images of the spacecraft and the landing zone.

If all goes according to plan, Japan’s SLIM lunar lander, launched aboard an H-2A rocket on September 6, will be the first Japanese spacecraft to perform a soft landing on the lunar surface.

Once there, it will deploy an innovative robot explorer called the Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2). LEV-2 is a small, spherical, metallic object a little larger than a tennis ball.

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