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NASA is working on a ‘Moon Backpack’ to help new Moon explorer

NASA is working on a ‘Moon Backpack’ to help new Moon explorer

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Consider a mountaineering expedition in a completely unknown area where hikers may create a real-time 3D map of the landscape.

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NASA researchers and collaborators have devised a remote-sensing mapping technology that will aid explorers in the most remote area imaginable

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The Kinematic Navigation and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK) is a mobile lidar scanner, which measures range using light detection and ranging laser light.

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Donned like a hiker’s backpack, it makes use of an innovative type of lidar called frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar in order to provide Doppler velocity 

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These measurement points instantly create a real-time navigation system, delivering to the explorer a 3D “point cloud” or high-resolution map of the surrounding terrain

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The hardware will get another major field test in late April at NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) in Kilbourne Hole, New Mexico.

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