Excited about the success of the Curiosity rover on Mars and hungry for robotic exploration on the Moon? Join us as we chat with Tom Carlone! He will discuss the (GLXP) Astrobotic Team's Polaris rover – a lunar rover prototype for prospecting ice at the poles of the Moon. Polaris will search for water, oxygen, methane, and other volatiles which could be useful for energy, supporting life, and producing rocket fuel. Taking the first step towards off-Earth resource application, Polaris also aims to claim the Google Lunar X-prize as part of its 2015 mission!
Tom is a first-year Master's student at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute in Pittsburg, PA. He recently completed his B.S. in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he started his experience in planetary robotics through a NASA-sponsored rover competition. He was part of a team that developed rovers used in sample return mission scenarios, tests, and evaluations at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Tom is currently involved in collaborations with Astrobotic Technologies, in development of the Polaris rover.