There is never a second chance to be the first

Carnegie Mellon University’s Iris is a 2kg rover ready to go to the Moon in 2023. Our team is an internationally diverse group of students, from all different majors across the university, who have worked tirelessly over the last few years to create this miracle of microminiaturization. As the smallest and lightest rover ever to go to space, Iris will be the first American robot to go to and drive on the Moon. 

"It's incredible to think that the first American, uncrewed rover headed to the Moon has been designed and built by a university team, comprising almost entirely of undergraduates. Iris is a pioneer; these students are an inspiration; and her journey to the Moon has been full of miracles."

- Raewyn Duvall, Program Manager, CMU


Iris was integrated onto Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander on December 1, 2021.

"This success is a testament to the more than 200 CMU students who worked on Iris over the span of three years. The initiative is a pinnacle of human achievement as much as it is a masterwork of technical virtuosity."

- Red Whittaker, Principal Investigator, CMU

But despite the successful delivery and integration of Iris, we're not done yet.


Our launch is scheduled for this winter, and Iris is expected to be on the lunar surface soon after. In the meantime, we are preparing our operations team to have Iris drive far and take many pictures on the Moon. We plan to use profits from the store to fund these last months leading up to the Iris mission.