Kapvik ("Wolverine")

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Kapvik - Terrestrial prototype of a lunar rover

  • Description: One of the Canadian Space Agency's two science micro-rovers that can work as helpers for humans (for instance, to dig for an astronaut) or even as a sidekick for larger rovers
  • Target destination: Moon
  • Size (Length, width, height): 0.85 m x 0.78 m x 1.21 m
  • Mass: 41 kg
  • Speed: 0.1 km/h at top speed
  • Powered by: Electrical power. Batteries recharged by on board solar panels (40 W)
  • Highlights:
    • "Kapvik" is Innu for "wolverine," an animal known to be pint-sized, but powerful
    • Able to scout out tight spaces like caves or crevices. Kapvik can even be tethered to a larger rover to be lowered down very steep slopes where big rovers cannot go
    • Its digging robotic arm does double-duty as a mast for sensors that allow it to scan and map its environment to search for minerals, water or ice
    • Once it spots a target, the fully autonomous rover can drive itself over to the location, use its robotic arm to dig a trench, scoop up samples and deposit them in the collection cans located on either of its "shoulders"
  • Built by: MPB Communications. Partners: Carleton University, Ryerson University, UTIAS, MDA, University of Winnipeg, Xiphos Technologies.