Spacebit, a UK based startup will send AI-based spider robots to explore the moon’s surface. The robots will be equipped with four lunar legs that help to move and crawl on the surface of the moon. The mission is expected to launch in the next two years.
According to the company’s CEO, Pavlo Tanasyuk, the AI-based robots will weigh around 1Kg and developing the Spiders will cost around $3 million. The company will deploy a total of 8 such spiders on the moon. On the moon, those robots will explore, the moon’s surface, craters, and caves. The innovative design and four legs will allow Spiders to crawl even in the difficult areas/surfaces.
The robots/spiders will be programmed with AI which helps them to move and study the lunar surface. Spacebit’s spider robots will launch with the Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander. The lander will be launched via the Vulcan Centaur rocket in July 2021.
“We could not be more excited to fly this mission with Astrobotic,” Tanasyuk said in a statement. “This mission will result in the first payload from the UK to reach the Moon surface and mark the beginning of a new era in commercial space exploration for Britain.”