Rhēgotes – future moon rover

Motivation for project direction:

We’re curious, let’s explore the unknown.


3 Dead Rovers on the Moon

It’s been nearly 50 years since our species last stepped foot on the moon, and in that time we have left 3 lunar roving vehicles behind with nothing to do, waiting to be disposed of when we return.

Rhēg·o·tes

/ˈregəˌtes/
Noun: lunar surface wanderer.
From Greek rhēgos ‘rug, blanket’ + planetes ‘to wander’.

Rhēgotes is a sustainable and modular moon rover made for humans to pursue the second phase of lunar colonization.

Old Project Criteria – LRV

· Mobility
· Crew Station
· Navigation
· Power
· Thermal Control

New Project Criteria – Rhēgotes

· Efficiency
· Sustainability
· Utility
· Minimized Weight
· Modularity
· Longevity

Efficiency

With a new and improved Lunar Roving Vehicle apparatus like Rhēgotes, space agencies can save on material, manufacturing resources, money, time and space.

Sustainability

All additional structural parts are made from recycled metal and various renewable materials.

The vehicle has energy restorative capabilities using a sun tracking solar top.

Utility

Rhēgotes is capable of traversing some of the more dangerous trenches of the moon using powerful LED headlights.

New digital display informs astronauts of vehicle status and warnings.

Minimized Weight

Rhēgotes is able to reduce weight from the original Lunar Roving Vehicle due to technological advancements in communicative devices.

Modularity

Added features include a solar panel, stronger wheels, extra storage space, lights and a digital display for communication and lunar positioning.

Longevity of Rhēgotes

Rhēgotes’ use period will be approximately 10 years until we can recycle and reuse 100% of waste materials for newer designs.

Advances in 3d printing will make it possible to produce almost everything else the crews will need, including transportation equipment.