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Google Lunar X Prize: Hakuto's Tethered Moon Rovers (Gallery)

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An interesting team

Credit: Hakuto
Hakuto contributed these images to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

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the only Japanese team competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE
, Hakuto is using an off-the-shelf approach to develop tethered robots for exploring the sub-surface caves of the moon.

The gallery that follows shows their entry: A pair of rovers that can work independently or in collaboration. The four-wheel robot (informally called Moonraker) and its two-wheeled collaborator (Tetris) can be stored for transport to the moon in a volume of just 50cm (width) x 50cm (height) x 50cm (depth) — with the robots having a combined mass of fewer than 10 kilograms.   Less «
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