Amna Al Ketbi (Dubai)
Explorer Rashid is now undergoing final tests in France, where the 10kg vessel will now spend a few weeks in Toulouse to test vibrations and thermal vacuum, a series of final checks to ensure it can withstand the harsh environment during a rocket launch and space flight . Explorer Rashid will then be transferred to Germany, where it can be combined with the Japanese Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander, built by ispace inc, which will deliver the vehicle to the lunar surface in Florida next September.
The explorer “Rashid” will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, where the launch window will start operating in early November. Once launched, it will take about three months to reach the moon, and the mission will take a month, ie. , 14 Earth days, and aims to study the Earth’s properties.
The explorer will roam the surface of the moon, travel to new places that have not been explored before, where he will capture rare data and images, and then send them to the ground control station in the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center, in addition to testing equipment and technical equipment that tested for the first time, related to robotics and communication Navigation and navigation with the aim of determining how well it works in the Moon’s harsh environment.
The “Rashid” detector is equipped with 3D cameras, a suspension system, advanced sensor and communication systems, an exoskeleton and solar panels to supply it with energy, earth, dust, radioactive and electrical activities and rocks on the moon’s surface. The Explorer can go at a maximum speed of 10 cm / sec and the possibility of tilting at an angle of 20 degrees, and it rises 10 cm on the surface. It is also equipped with four wheels with a suspension system to increase the efficiency of adhesion to the moon surface The explorer “Rashid” contains high quality and efficient technologies, based on Its main task is to analyze data and results without having to send them back to Earth, as was the case in previous missions. The lunar exploration project is an essential part of the United Arab Emirates’ space exploration strategy, which aims to build new capabilities and science capacities, inspire future generations to enter the field of space science and research and increase opportunities for international cooperation and partnerships in space exploration. After carrying out this mission, the United Arab Emirates will join the list of countries that have succeeded in sending exploration missions to the Moon after the United States, Russia and China.