Team AngelicvM
private
Industryaerospace
Headquarters,
Key people
Gerardo Rocha-Haardt
Jorge Vidal
Mauricio Guerrero
Productslunar rover
OwnerGerardo Rocha-Haardt
Number of employees
34
ParentAngelicvM Foundation

Team AngelicvM is a private company based in Chile that plans to deploy a small rover on the Moon in 2020. Their rover, called Unity, is one of various rovers that will be carried by the commercial Peregrine lander manufactured by Astrobotic Technology.

History

Team AngelicvM was created in 2010 in Santiago, Chile,[1] with the purpose to compete for the Google Lunar X Prize.[2] This international competition offered US$20 million for the first privately developed rover to land on the Moon, travel at least 500 meters, and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth.[3] Since no team was able to make a launch attempt to reach the Moon by the 31 March 2018 deadline, the Google Lunar XPRIZE went unclaimed and the competition ended without a winner, but AngelicvM plans to go ahead with the rover's development and launch.[4]

Team AngelicvM is financed by AngelicvM Foundation (Inversiones AngelicvM); its owner and President is Gerardo Rocha-Haardt, who by 2012 has financed about US$3 million.[5] Rocha-Haardt explained that since there is no space agency in Chile, he hopes to inspire and stimulate the private sector's participation in the outer space economy.[6] Rocha-Haardt invited all Chilean universities to participate in the project. They were joined by the Universidad de Concepción and Universidad Austral de Chile, that are developing the rover.[5][6][7]

AngelicvM signed a contract with Astrobotic Technology in 2015 to have their rover carried on board Astrobotic's Peregrine lander,[2] and in July 2017, Astrobotic announced an agreement had been reached with United Launch Alliance for the launch.[8] As of May 2018, Astrobotic's first Peregrine lander mission is reported to have 12 customers,[9] and is planned to be launched in 2020[10] on an Atlas V rocket.[11] The selected landing site is Lacus Mortis.[12] The lander's commercial payload include Team Hakuto's rover, and a set of mini-rovers from the Mexican Space Agency.[12]

Unity rover

The first rover's concept was called Dandelion.[13][14] Its body was spherical of about 10 cm in diameter[5] with a flat top and bottom. It uses two bilateral "legged" wheels for traction and it keeps upright by a pendulum. This light traction concept was inspired on insect legs, and it was considered because that is what all insects evolved for efficient displacement on uneven surfaces.[14] Adding some flexibility to each blade/leg, it imitates the tendon in the insect leg and holds potential energy for better traction.[14] Preliminary tests performed in Chile's Atacama desert were reported to surpass their predicted expectations.[14]

AngelicvM's current rover concept is a 5 kg, four-wheeled rover called Unity.[15][16]

The team has 34 members, all professionals and mostly volunteers. Their transmission to Earth will be a high-definition music video that carries "a message of faith, hope, peace and unity to the World.[2]

References

  1. ^ Lunar XPrize - Team AngelicvM. Accessed: 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Team AngelicvM Will Fly with Astrobotic on First Lunar Mission. Astrobotic Technology Press Release. 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Overview". Google Lunar XPRIZE. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ Updates on GLXP teams from Israel, India and Japan. Phillip Keane, Space Tech. July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c La silenciosa carrera espacial chilena. Valentina Echeverría, Km Zero. Accessed : 4 August 2018. (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b Chile's first lunar rover nears completion. Chile's Education, Science and Technology NEWS. 18 December 2012.
  7. ^ El Team AngelicvM presentó su rover AngelicvM 1. Felipe Campos Cosmo Noticias. 27 June 2013. (in Spanish).
  8. ^ Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance Announce Mission to the Moon. United Launch Alliance - Press Release. 26 July 2017.
  9. ^ Former Google Lunar X Prize Teams Focused on Commercial and Government Opportunities. Jeff Foust, Space. 27 May 2018.
  10. ^ Coli, Michael (19 March 2018). "Astrobiotic Ready to Become Delivery Service to the Moon". Spaceflight Insider. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ Ray, Justin (26 July 2017). "Commercial lunar mission signs up with Atlas 5 for launch". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b Astrobiotic Ready to Become Delivery Service to the Moon. Michael Coli, Spaceflight Insider. 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ Angelicvm: Chile hacia la Luna. Felipe Campos, Cosmo Noticias (in Spanish). 29 December 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d Dandelion rover. Robotic & Environmental Algorithms Laboratory (REAL). Accessed: 4 August 2018.
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Astrobotic Adds Another Google Lunar X Prize Team to Its Lander. Jeff Foust, Space News. 27 October 2015.

External links

  • AngelicvM Foundation
  • Images of 4 Dandelion rover concepts