VIPER Stories

NASA VIPER Robotic Moon Rover Team Raises Its Mighty Mast

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NASA’s VIPER – short for the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover – now stands taller and more capable than ever. And that’s thanks to its mast. VIPER’s mast, and the suite of instruments affixed to it, looks a lot like the rover’s…

Article2 weeks ago

Mission Manager Update: All VIPER Flight Instruments Installed!

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The VIPER team continues to push forward with the build of the flight rover that’ll go to the surface of the Moon. As of this writing, all of VIPER’s flight instruments are installed, and the rover is more than 80%…

Article2 months ago

Into the Belly of the Rover: VIPER’s Final Science Instrument Installed 

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A team of engineers prepares to integrate TRIDENT – short for The Regolith Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain – into the belly of NASA’s first robotic Moon rover, VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover).  TRIDENT, designed and developed by engineers at…

Article2 months ago

NASA Invites Public to Send Names Aboard Artemis Robotic Moon Rover

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Lee esta nota de prensa en español aquí. NASA is inviting people to send their names to the surface of the Moon aboard the agency’s first robotic lunar rover, VIPER – short for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover. The rover will embark…

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Mission Manager Update: VIPER Flight Rover Half-Built!

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The VIPER team is hard at work building the flight vehicle that will be going to the surface of the Moon this time next year! In fact, we’re about halfway through the build, and you can interactively watch the process and hear…

Article4 months ago

Connect with NASA at FAN EXPO San Francisco 2023

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Connect your sci-fi fandom and learn about how NASA explores the unknown in space for all humanity! Join experts and engagement team members from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley at FAN EXPO San Francisco 2023. Visit the exhibit,…

Article5 months ago

Mira cómo la NASA construye su primer vehículo lunar robótico

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Read this release in English here. El público tendrá un asiento de primera fila y en directo para ver cómo el primer rover lunar robótico de la NASA cobra forma en la sala limpia de la Instalación de Pruebas de Integración…

Article6 months ago

Watch NASA Build Its First Robotic Moon Rover

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Lee esta nota de prensa en español aquí. The public now has a live, front row seat to see NASA’s first robotic Moon rover take shape in the Surface Segment Integration and Testing Facility clean room at the agency’s Johnson Space…

Article6 months ago

All Together Now: Drill Joins Other Moon Rover Science Instruments

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A team of engineers from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and Honeybee Robotics in Altadena, California, inspect TRIDENT – short for The Regolith Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain – shortly after its arrival at the integration and test…

Article6 months ago

Let’s Get Building!

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I’m proud to share that the VIPER team successfully passed the agency’s gate review, permitting the team to fully proceed into building our flight rover! This mandatory review requires flight projects to demonstrate their readiness for integration activites, including having…

Article8 months ago