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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Astrobotic moving headquarters to Strip District

[November 26, 2012]

BRIEF: Astrobotic moving headquarters to Strip District

Nov 26, 2012 (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Astrobotic Technology Inc. has started construction on a Strip District headquarters that will feature a crane that simulates gravity for robots on the moon.


"This facility will play a crucial role in the development of our landers and rovers toward a moon mission in 2015," President John Thornton said Monday of the 3,600-square-foot facility at Liberty Avenue and 25th Street. The company plans to move there in January.

Astrobotic, now in Oakland, is a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff. The company has obtained NASA funding for various lunar projects, and is working on a $100 million lunar lander/rover called Polaris that it hopes to launch in October 2015 to prospect for ice on the moon's north pole.

Kim Leonard is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5606 or kleonard@tribweb.com.

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