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ToSeek
2005-Aug-31, 04:39 PM
Robotic ‘Penguin’ could hop on moon (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9137398/)


A robotic Lunar Penguin explorer could be hopping around on the moon by 2009, Raytheon Co. said Tuesday, as it unveiled the concept lander at an aerospace conference.

The unmanned lunar device, in development for two years, is 3 feet (1 meter) tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds (105 kilograms). It “hops” by reigniting small propulsion engines.

The Penguin, unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space 2005 Conference, can make a single jump of about six-tenths of a mile (1 kilometer) and could be adapted to make additional jumps, possibly over greater distances.

Superluminal
2005-Aug-31, 09:39 PM
Opus, going to the moon to look for his momma.

Lord Jubjub
2005-Sep-01, 01:43 AM
Brings new meaning to "March of the Penguins".

Jens
2005-Sep-01, 03:04 AM
Silly name, though. They should have called it the grasshopper, or maybe the rabbit, or the frog. They should reserve the penguin for the craft they eventually send up to swim in Jupiter's oceans.