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Spacebit unveils Lunar Lander-Hopper at Dubai Airshow
A prototype of the UK's first Lunar lander – the Spacebit 'Lunar Lander-Hopper' unveiled at the Dubai Airshow at DWC's airshow site. Built by Spacebit, one of the lunar economy's brightest stars, the 'Lunar Lander-Hopper' is due to be developed in the UK, in cooperation with leading aerospace company, Yuzhnoye Design Buro.

The Lander-Hopper prototype and a 3D model of the Spider Moon Rover displayed by Spacebit on the Yuzhnoye Design Buro stand at the airshow.
As the UAE continues making significant strides into space exploration, Spacebit has also confirmed that its 'First walking Moon rover', is scheduled to be tested in the Emirates prior to its launch in spring 2020.

Research on a precise UAE testing location is underway, with Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain proving to offer the ideal terrain needed for the world's smallest robotic moon rover with legs instead of wheels. It's the first time any lunar exploration vehicle with legs has been sent into space to explore the surface of the moon.

Spacebit CEO and founder, Pavlo Tanasyuk, said "Our Lunar Lander is different as it incorporates the ability to hop from one landing site to another. It has embedded additional hardware, control and navigation software that will provide further on-surface mobility by repurposing it as a hopper."
The multi destination lunar lander will be designed to deliver 150kg or more of payload to one landing point on the lunar surface or 50kg or more of payload to up to three remote landing points on the lunar surface with a distance of up to 20 km. What sets the Spacebit Lunar Lander-Hopper apart from other designs is that it can re-land once it has set down on the moon's surface.

The Spacebit Lunar Lander-Hopper will take another two to three years to be fully complete, but the testing of the engines will happen earlier. Lunar landers are required to be fairly robust as the moon has a long solar day and night. Landers can be in direct sunlight for around two weeks at a time and then in complete darkness for another two weeks. This can cause thermal control issues, for which the expertise of Yuzhnoye Design Buro will play a crucial role in overcoming those challenges.

Yuzhnoye Design Buro head and general director, Alexander Degtyarev, commented "This is an exciting partnership for Yuzhnoye Design Buro and Spacebit. We are pleased to be working with Spacebit as part of our new 'powered by Yuzhnoye' initiative which lets new space companies such as Spacebit, gain critical space flight expertise much faster by tapping into our existing rich technology base, whilst developing new technologies together."
About Spacebit

Spacebit is a privately held UK company that is working on space data analytics tools and robotic concepts of space exploration that include AI and advanced microrobotics. The company believes in creating commercially sustainable data and robotics business in space exploration. Spacebit's approach to engineering is to deliver a low cost solution for exploration of celestial bodies. Its goal is creating new opportunities for industry, academia and helping with future development of a new infrastructure and commercial resource exploration on the Moon and beyond. Spacebit is also using distributed ledger technologies to create new data models and democratise access to space.