A NASA team from Kennedy’s Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations (GMRO) Laboratory will now spend months testing the rover on their simulated lunar surface. The tests will determine what types of slopes, gaps and other surface irregularities the rover can navigate, and the drop test will ensure that the rover can bounce without tipping over. The CubeRover is designed to work with multiple lunar landers, so if all goes to plan, it will be used in multiple space missions.
NASA has also selected Astrobotic as a business partner for an upcoming lunar mission that will search for the location and concentration of ice on the lunar surface. This will help inform future crewed moon landings.