An expert walks toward a prototype moon
rover at a lab in Shanghai yesterday. The key technology of the moon rover
has passed inspection.(Photo: Shanghai Daily)
BEIJING, April 24 -- Shanghai has developed a lunar
rover that it hopes to be chosen for China's first moon landing in 2013, the
city government announced yesterday.
The Shanghai Science and Technology Commission said
the key technology of the rover has passed a technical appraisal by the
The technology mainly covers the rover's
maneuverability and detection sensors.
The rover, which hasn't been given an official name
by the central government, has been developed by the Shanghai Academy of
Spaceflight Technology over the past three years. Its cost is not known.
According to official statistics of its prototype,
the rover can travel at an average speed of 100 meters per hour, is 1.5 meters
high and weighs 200 kilograms.
It looks similar to America's "Spirit," which landed
on Mars. The local rover is designed to take three-dimensional images, transmit
real-time motion pictures and dig and analyze soil samples.
Researchers said the rover can climb slopes, and its
sensors can help it avoid bumping into obstacles.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)