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1 1 Pacific International Science Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) Conference – Nov 12, 2008 Commercial Lunar Business Perspectives John Kohut Chief Executive Officer Astrobotic Technology, Inc.

2 2 Phases of Global Lunar Investment *Astrobotic estimate based upon national projections/estimates Growth market for lunar robotic systems 2004 through through and beyond Agencies building human transportation systems Emplace habitats with power, comms; test resource recovery Develop resources for use on Moon and on Earth Emerging Market Robotic experimentation with resource utilization Fabrication and emplacement of systems prior to humans Conceptual In Development $90B+ Globally* $200B Globally** $500B Globally** **Astrobotic estimate based upon analogous events/industries Near Term Need Lunar data for landing site topography and environment Engineering data for systems design and fabrication Long Term Market Robotic multiplication of human labor Autonomous exploration, mining, operations

3 3 Two aspects to Astrobotic Technology Race to the Moon High Growth Lunar Business Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 95¢ ************** ************* EXTRA Wednesday May 19, 2010 BACK TO MOON Astrobotic Lands a $20M First! Pittsburgh leads Return to Moon Red Whittaker Wins another Multiple Missions Corporate Sponsorships Diversified Revenue Sources

4 4 Prize rules: Land on the Moon Travel 500 meters Send HD imagery Carry X Prize logo Complete mission by 2012 Collect $20 million Bonus prizes: Travel 5 km Heritage site Survive night Diverse team Astrobotic Plans: Win GLXP with 2010 landing near Apollo 11 historic site Prove capability to collect lunar data, deliver payloads and perform robotic services

5 5 Astrobotic Astrobotic acquires data, generates media content, delivers payloads and services on the Moon through self-defined and executed missions using proven robotic and aerospace technologies and systems Customers Astrobotic Lunar Missions Collect data Deliver payloads Conduct experiments Build Infrastructure Process and Archive Data Results Astrobotic Lunar Library Academia Lunar data, payloads and operation requirements Aerospace Companies Space Agencies Non-aerospace companies with lunar interests Creative Media Contract Data Sales Multi-Client Data Sales

6 6 Series of Commercial Lunar Robotic Missions Evolving lunar robotic systems will need regular field testing

7 7 Robotic Testing Requirements Surface Rover Testing Lander Testing Mobility Navigation Obstacle recognition and avoidance Sensor system performance Regolith movement ISRU experiments Landing characteristics Plume effects Obstacle recognition and avoidance Rover dismount operations Terrain fidelity Regolith fidelity Operational flexibility and availability Ease of access Economic value Test Facility: Field campaigns for realistic operator training and reliability testing

8 8 Potential Products/Services for Test Facilities Landing/outpost topology Regolith properties Illumination characteristics Communications lines Benefits to PISCES : Improve general test site fidelity Recreate specific landing area characteristics Grade and obstacles Illumination Detailed regolith composition and physical properties Mutually beneficial relationship over long term

9 9 Preliminary observations from November 2008  Site realism for lunar robotic missions Size – Limited at current site, better at Pala Valley (Moon Crater) Topography – Interesting features, reasonable soil characteristics Vegetation – Excessive at current site, good at Pala Valley  Access Local – roads need improvement at both sites, political issues need further refinement to enable broader range use Global – comparable to other sites  Infrastructure Technical support – Excellent, centralized electrical and mechanical shops at UHH facilities Lodging and facilities – Very good on site and access to many facilities, cost may be an issue Media access – Very good Environment – Very long test season, Pala Valley altitude and temperature A B B Further development required but PISCES is off to a good start

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