By Nihan Ashraf 14/01/2023

UAE's Rashid Rover On Track To Reach Moon In April

A month after it went into space, the Rashid Rover, which was made in the UAE, is still in great shape as it heads toward the Moon.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) stated on Friday that the UAE is on track to become the fourth country to land on the moon's surface.

So far, it has gone a crazy 1.34 million kilometres, which is the same as driving your car around the world 33.5 times.

It has now travelled 1.34 million kilometres, which is equivalent to driving your automobile around the world 33.5 times.

It is anticipated that it will arrive at its farthest point from Earth on January 20, which will be around 1.4 million kilometres away.

The Emirates Lunar Mission team on Earth is keeping a close eye on the Rashid Rover's subsystems and instruments to make sure they are working well.

Since its historic launch on December 11, 2022, the team has talked with the world's smallest rover for 220 minutes.

The team has done all of the scheduled health checks and maintenance checks. During the first two weeks, Rashid Rover was powered for 10 minutes every day.

The team will talk to the Rashid Rover for another 150 minutes during the four-month cruise phase that is currently going on. Now, they send pings once a week to the spacecraft.

The team is currently preparing for the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phase as well as surface operations.

As part of the current cruise phase, the team will practise 12 simulated missions at the MBRSC ground station before the rover lands on the moon at the end of April.

The engineering team will be able to prepare their programmes to run after the moon landing, and the different subsystem teams will be able to work together.