CMU’s Iris Rover Secured to Lunar Lander

Carnegie Mellon University’s Iris rover is bolted in and ready for its journey to the moon.

The tiny rover passed a huge milestone on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when it was secured to one of the payload decks of Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander, which will deliver it to the moon next year.

“It is exciting to reach this make-or-break milestone with only days left to the deadline after pursuing this goal for years,” said Raewyn Duvall, the program manager for Iris and a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering. “Success was so elusive with many development setbacks and schedule delays, and it has been hard-earned by the team. We gave this everything. Now success on the moon is up to the robot.”

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