SL-Commander

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

SL-Commander - Lunar Exploration Light Rover

  • Description: Under subcontract with MDA for the Lunar Exploration Light Rover, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) developed this electric version of the commercially available off-road vehicle, the BRP Commander. The SL Commander is an automated all-terrain test-bed for lunar technologies that is able to navigate and drive itself, with or without a human!
  • Target destination: Planet Earth. The SL Commander is a terrestrial vehicle that has been modified to test space technologies to advance their development, which has, in return, helped the development of terrestrial vehicles.
  • Size (Length, width, height): 3.23 m x 1.55 m x 2.02 m
  • Mass: 1173 kg
  • Speed: 40 km/h (top speed)
  • Powered by: Lithium ion batteries
  • Highlights:
    • Can either be driven by a human onboard or remotely controlled from a control centre
    • Capable of carrying two passengers
    • Includes a complete suite of vision sensors, (like stereo cameras), a pan-tilt-zoom camera, wide-angle cameras and a laser scanner.
  • Built by: MDA and Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).