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Old 10-25-2019, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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NASA article on the Viper rover, Oct. 25, 2019.

All I can say is, it's about time.

No mention of a power source, but it appears to have solar panels. Probably rechargable batteries then, if it's going to explore in the darkness.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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I wondered that also why they didn't do this sooner. Was NASA waiting for Israel or India's moon rover to be successful first, perhaps?
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Old 11-01-2019, 05:20 PM
 
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I wondered that also why they didn't do this sooner. Was NASA waiting for Israel or India's moon rover to be successful first, perhaps?
Maybe there wasn't enough political support? I don't know.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:58 PM
 
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Maybe there wasn't enough political support? I don't know.
Getting NASA to award contracts outside companies who can afford to buy Congresspeople (looking at you, Boeing) has been a long, hard slog.

But the advantages of using commercial services are now becoming too obvious to overlook. Work on this probe and a slew of others are awarded as fixed-price contracts under the Commercial Lunar Payload Program - instead of the traditional cost-plus contract where the selected vendor builds the probe, documents the costs, and adds a percentage.
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