NEWS

29 December 2009, Tuesday

   The year 2009 ended with the team engaged in a series of critical hardware-related experiments designed to ensure the surviveability of the components aboard our lunar rover. Given the Moon's extremely low temperatures at night in particular, there is considerable emphasis on cryogenic testing.
  Among other things, we placed a camera Pan&Tilt motor drive board inside a cryostat at a temperature of -175 C. Poly bags were used to control condensation. After 1.5 hours inside the cryostat, the motor drive board was thawed out at room temperature. Test results were very positive as all the components operated properly. These experiments will continue in 2010.