About 40% of the engineers working on the Emirates Lunar Mission to land a rover on the moon by 2024 are female, the mission team said earlier this week.
The team also said that the Rashid lunar rover, which is scheduled to launch in 2024, will become part of a global exploration programme, according to Khaleej Times.
Commenting on the mission, Adnan AlRais, Mars 2117 Programme Director, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said: “The Rashid rover will be developed fully in house by our young Emirati engineers. This will be our first space robotic mission. So a lot of robotic space technologies will be developed as part of this mission.”
The design of the Rashid rover is expected to complete by 2021. It is set to be manufactured in 2022, while preliminary experiments and tests of the prototype are expected to start in 2023.
The Rashid Rover is expected to send back at least 1,000 images, including that of the moon landing, surface, night-time images of the Earth and thermal ones.
It will also relay navigation data, including flight time, surface topography data on the Moon, inertial measurement unit, temperatures and energy consumption.