037 Moon Rolly
‘MoonRolly’ or PLR (Pressurized Lunar Rover), is a phase 0/A study for the European Space Agency’s Aurora Core Exploration Programme, conducted with Thales Alenia as main contractor. The six-wheeled, pressurized rover is powered by solar arrays and fuel cells. It contains a scientific laboratory that allows 2 to 3 astronauts to perform exploration tasks supported by the rover’s robotic tools. ‘MoonRolly’ assures a challenging exploration range of 1000 km across the lunar surface moving at a maximum speed of 15 km/h, negotiating slopes of up to 30 degrees and obstacles up to 50 cm high. It will support multiple excursion missions of up to 14 days between servicing and re-supply.
Objectives: Develop a rover configuration as European contribution to a future human Moon mission
Transport: Three-stage Ares V rocket with EDS (Earth Departure Stage) and Cargo Lander
Lead Contractor: MariaAntonietta Perino, Massimiliano Bottacini, Thales Alenia Space, Torino, Italy
Contractors: Space Application Services, Zaventem, Belgium; Verhaert, Kruibeke, Belgium; Carlo Gavazzi Space, Milano, Italy; Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy