Evolunar intends to meet the need for standard, flexible, low-cost and fast to deploy nano drones for lunar exploration, in particular towards hard-to-access sites like lunar lava tubes, craters and PSRs. The solution is LuNaDrone, a 15 kg, shoebox-sized spacecraft capable of flying autonomously in the lunar near-surface environment. Its design, oriented towards flexibility and modularity, makes it compatible with the smallest lunar landers, with a large range of payload categories, and allows to maintain a low cost by not requiring a complete redesign when mission requirements change.
LuNaDrone was originally conceived for the exploration of lunar lava tubes, but its inherent capabilities can lend themselves to many exploration tasks. After being deployed on the Moon surface it will autonomously fly towards the mission target. The ability to quickly transverse difficult terrain that rovers can’t roam and acquire close-ups that orbiters can’t provide, makes this type of spacecraft an ideal forward reconnaissance platform that will offer a broad range of scouting possibilities.