Leading Australian businesses and researchers will come together to develop a semi-autonomous lunar rover, under a historic agreement between the Australian Government and NASA.


The Australian-made rover will be used in NASA’s future mission to the moon to collect lunar soil that contains oxides. Using specialised equipment, NASA will also seek to extract oxygen from the soil.

The milestone agreement is backed by $50 million in funding from the Trailblazer program in the Government’s Moon to Mars initiative and will place Australia at the forefront of scientific discoveries, enabling the nation to succeed in the global space sector.

Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo said the mission would demonstrate Australian industry’s world leading skills and experience in remote operations, drawing from our expertise in the resources and mining sector.

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