The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is preparing for a Canadian rover to explore a polar region of the Moon within the next five years. Two Canadian companies, MDA and Canadensys, have been selected to design lunar rover concepts.

The mission will demonstrate key technologies and accomplish meaningful science. The rover will carry at least two science instruments. Its mission will aim to gather imagery, measurements, and data on the surface of the Moon, as well as to have the rover survive an entire night on the Moon. Lunar nights, which last about 14 Earth days, are extremely cold and dark, posing a significant technological challenge.

The Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) prepares Canada’s space sector for lunar exploration by offering a wide range of opportunities for Canadian science and technology activities in lunar orbit or on the Moon’s surface.