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SAE International Webcast: Returning to the Moon with Robots


SAE International will host a 60-minute webinar to take a closer look at the technologies needed for safely landing on the moon.

As the Artemis 1 Mission gets closer to launch in 2024, a fleet of lunar landers will precede the undertaking and look for potential landing locations and resources for the planned, crewed Artemis missions. As part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, NASA is funding four commercial companies to deliver robotic payloads to the Moon’s surface with seven CLPS Moon landing missions planned between 2022 and 2024.

In light of future space exploration, the webcast from the editors of SAE International’s Tech Briefs will examine:

  • challenges of a safe and precise lunar landing;
  • development and testing of commercial lunar landing sensor systems;
  • small rovers for lunar surface exploration and science;
  • the role of robots to enable lunar exploration and providing personal assistance to humans in space;
  • defining robots to support lunar sustainment;
  • evolving robotic technologies to meet future exploration demands;
  • mobility for science and exploration; and
  • robotics and equipment are needed to support infrastructure (landing pads, roads, towers, blast shields, etc.), among other topics.

Speakers will include AI Tadros, chief technology officer, Redwire; Andrew Horchler, Ph.D., chief research scientist, Astrobotic; and Tom McCarthy, vice president of business development, Motiv Space Systems. Amanda Hosey, editor, SAE Media Group, will moderate the session. An audience Q&A session will follow the technical presentation.

Access more information and register for the webcast scheduled for July 18 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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