Red Rover Shoots For Lunar X Prize

p2William “Red” Whitaker from Carnegie Mellon, the man that led the Carnegie Mellon team to win the  DARPA Urban Challenge, has a new goal.  That goal is to win the Lunar X Prize by putting a robot on the moon.

Red and his team have created Red Rover.  Shown here is prototype 2 of the rover.

Red Rover will use solar panels for power and stereo cameras to help navigate around the lunar rocks.

In order to win the $20 million prize, Red and his team must land on the Moon and complete the mission objectives by Dec 31, 2012.

Robots Podcast has an interview with Red.  Check it out here.
Also check out Ross, an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon, as he tests the rover in a video after the break.
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