The S.S. Athena, a cutting-edge lunar rover tasked with collecting lunar regolith, features many innovative design features implemented specifically with the Artemis mission in mind. These include a scooping mechanism, which utilizes a wedge to collect lunar material, and a moondust collection container, all powered by the sun through solar panels. These will ensure that the rover’s systems are always powered, and a backup storage system ensures that Athena is able to run without intermission in the harsh lunar environment. Athena also uses a guidance system that allows it to receive direct commands from mission control and run autonomously. Finally, our rover is coated with a layer of indium tin oxide to prevent potentially hazardous, unwanted lunar regolith from sticking to outer surfaces and causing internal damage. With features guaranteed to get the job done, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why our design beats all others!
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