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Overview of the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration RoverThe Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) is a lunar volatiles detection and measurement mission. VIPER will be launched to the Moon in late 2023 as a payload on the Commercial Lunar Payload Services(CLPS) flight provided by Astrobotic's Griffin lander. The VIPER rover is a solar powered, mobile robot de-signed to traverse up to 20 km during a mission lasting up to four lunar days. After landing in a south polar region, the VIPER rover will travel to investigate a range of Ice Stability Regions (ISRs) across scales from 100s of meters to kilometers and conduct surface and subsurface assessment of lunar water and other volatiles. VIPER includes a suite of rover-mounted instruments(three spectrometers and a drill), which the VIPER science mission team will use to characterize the nature of the volatiles and to create global lunar water resource maps.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
T Fong
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
B Bluethmann
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
L Bridgwater
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
August 31, 2021
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence And Robotics
Meeting Information
Meeting: Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium Meeting
Location: Bowie, MD
Country: US
Start Date: November 3, 2021
End Date: November 4, 2021
Sponsors: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 993436.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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