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FEBRUARY 03, 2022

Iris: Student-built
robot rover on track
to explore the Moon

Iris has not been built by experienced engineers at Nasa or a large aerospace company, but by students at Whittaker's home institution of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh. The robot was recently secured to its lunar lander, ahead of a launch scheduled for 2022.

JANUARY 18, 2022

First lunar rovers in
decades may explore
the moon in 2022

While the public has grown used to seeing rovers on Mars, NASA plans for 2022 to be the year of a U.S. return to the surface of the moon by two robotic landers and tiny rovers.

DECEMBER 28, 2021

11 Incredible Space
Missions In 2022 You
Need To Know About

Peregrine Mission 1 will carry scientific and other payloads to the Moon including the Iris rover, the first American and student-developed rover to land on the Moon.

DECEMBER 03, 2021

In 2022, Iris will be the
first American student-developed rover
to land on the moon

At four pounds, it's "a huge, huge thing to be able to make a something so small," program manager and Ph.D. student Raewyn Duvall says of the rover, which will travel with spacecraft from Pittsburgh tech company Astrobotic.

DECEMBER 03, 2021

Iris lunar rover
is bolted in and ready
for journey to the moon

The tiny rover passed a huge milestone on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when it was secured to one of the payload decks of Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander, which will deliver it to the moon next year.

OCTOBER 13, 2021

Meet Iris,
CMU’s lunar rover that’s
getting ready to launch

A tiny lunar rover destined to go to the moon next year will have a short but important mission: laying the groundwork for other robots to build a colony in space.

JANUARY 18, 2021

Composites design helps
nano-sized lunar rover
hit big milestones

Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, the ultralight, composites-intensive Iris nano-rover will make its lunar debut later this year.

JULY 02, 2020

Tiny, simple moon rovers
will bring cubesat science
to the lunar surface

Next year, as part of NASA's lunar delivery orchestrated by the Pennsylvania-based company Astrobotic, the agency will launch a small rover to begin that revolution. That rover is called Iris and is the first of a new, small and simple design called CubeRovers to hearken back to cubesats.

JULY 02, 2020

Ex-intern used NASA skills
to lead robot rover
moon mission

A former intern at NASA stepped up in a leading role and created a small robotic explorer destined to land on the Moon, according to a blog post from NASA.

JUNE 15, 2020

3...2...1...
Pittsburgh researchers and companies want to get
American robots and people back to the moon

Some Pittsburgh rovers are gearing up to take big steps for mankind.Carnegie Mellon University researchers are developing what could be the first American robotic rover to explore the moon’s surface.

MAY 14, 2020

Iris Lunar Rover
meets milestone
for flight

"We are moving forward…we’re going to the moon," a triumphant project manager, Raewyn Duvall, told Iris team members during a Zoom meeting following the review.

MAY 12, 2020

CMU's tiny robot rover
passes NASA design review
ahead of 2021 trip to the Moon

Carnegie Mellon University is one step closer to operating its robotic rover on the surface of the Moon: The school’s diminutive bot has passed a crucial NASA design review, performed by the agency in collaboration with Astrobotic, whose Peregrine lunar lander will be providing the ride for the robot down to the surface of the Moon on a mission set for 2021.