The Lander Robus 1
In order to lower the cost for a mission like this, it is important to fully utilize the capacity of the launch vehicle, which may be a Falcon Heavy. This necessity translates into carrying either several large rovers or many smaller ones. The Robus-1 mission will have five large rovers, each with a mass of 200 kg. The ability to deliver payloads at the lowest cost per-unit-of-weight makes the concept of ride sharing financially very reasonable, considering that we are going to the Moon.
Robus-1 can deliver approximately 7,000 kg (15,432 lb.) to the lunar surface. This figure includes the lander itself, along with its cargo of rovers, probes, science labs and any other payload items. This amount is the maximum that a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket can deliver to the Moon.
Payload Bay Decriptions
Currently, the design is at a conceptual stage and we expect numerous iterations to the Robus Lander before reaching the final design. Depending on client requirements, we can include anywhere from 5 large to 10 small, cargo payload-pods, or compartments, holding 200 to 300 kg each. Each compartment could accommodate a science lab/rover similar in size to the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which are about 200 kg each. Our current plan is to deliver five rovers of this mass in one mission.
Our current lander design allows for 16 compartments which are triangular-shaped and about 1.8 m x 1.5 m x 3.2 m (see caption for exact dimensions). With almost 4.5 cubic meters of space, each bay would allow for Spirit and Opportunity-sized lander’s to be transported.