Puli Space Technologies

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Exploring rough terrains & lunar resources

Puli Space Technologies Ltd. is a space technology company based in Budapest, Hungary. It was founded in 2010 with the aim to become part of the fast growing private lunar industry. Puli Space Technologies develops a low cost, lightweight, planetary rover platform with unique mobility capabilities carrying payloads, as well as a neutron spectrometer instrument to explore lunar water resources, and support In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) activities, while able to survive the harsh environment on the Moon.

Our first lunar payload: the Spacetime plaque

Our first payload on the Moon will be the Spacetime plaque, a Hungarian time capsule on Earth and on the Moon at the same time. With the Spacetime plaque, we will create an eternal memory for the Mighty Magyars, among others. The Spacetime plaque will be delivered to the surface of the Moon in 2022, onboard the Peregrine lunar lander of US-based company Astrobotic Inc., our official Moon delivery partner since August 2016.

Spacetime plaque website

NASA prize winner payload: The PLWS

Puli Space won the 2nd prize of the "Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload, The Sequel" challenge of NASA JPL in 2022, with its innovative miniature lunar neutron spectrometer payload able to map water ice resources on the Moon. The Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS) has been successfully designed, manufactured and tested in the framework of two consecutive challenges, during which NASA has funded the payload development with $225,000 USD in 2021. PLWS is capable of monitoring and characterizing neutron environment, identifying and measuring subsurface hydrogen content of the lunar soil, and so mapping an area for water deposits when mounted on a small lunar rover. A PLWS flight opportunity is expected on a NASA CLPS mission in 2024.

Moon & Mars Analog Field Tests with rovers

The team has already gained valuable experience in Analog Planetary Research (APR) to support future human and robotic planetary exploration. With the terrestrial prototypes of the Puli rover, the Mission Control team had several successful field tests on Moon and Mars analog terrains, often cooperating with analog astronauts (Mission Maunacast at PISCES, Mauna Kea, Hawaii; MARS2013 mission in the Sahara, Morocco; and AMADEE-15 expedition in the Alps, Austria).

Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge

Team Puli had been an official contestant of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) challenge since 2010. GLXP called for privately funded teams to be the first to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit HD videos and images back to Earth. Although the contest ended without any winner in 2018, Puli Space Technologies continues its mission to send a lunar rover and payloads to the Moon.

Our Mission

Reach the Moon

Send the first Hungarian payload to the Moon: the Spacetime plaque time capsule

Technology Demonstration

Demonstrate the unique capabilities of the Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS) payload, and Puli lunar rover on the Moon

Search for Water Ice

Identify and measure concentration of water ice in the lunar soil with our novel and low cost PLWS neutron spectrometer

Scientific Measurements

Characterize lunar radiation and thermal environments, water ice resources by acquiring scientific data

Explore Lunar Surface

Visit and map hardly accessible areas like smaller craters, lava tubes and shadowed regions

Capture Images, Videos

Capture images and videos of the landing site, lunar landscapes and Earth

Our Competencies


Fully assembled Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS) prototype


Vibrational testing of PLWS


Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS) without cover


Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) during PLWS radiation effect testing in CHARM facility at CERN


Neutron testing and characterization of PLWS with Am-Be neutron source at CERN


Radiation effect testing of PLWS in the CHARM facility at CERN


Mechanical design, 3D CAD modelling


3D CAD model of the Puli Lunar Water Snooper (PLWS) payload


Climate chamber testing of PLWS at high temperatures


Schematic and Printed Circuit Board design of rover electronics


Analog Field Test with analog astronauts (AMADEE-15, Kaunertal rock glacier, Alps, Austria)


Lunar subsurface water (hydrogen) content measurement and mapping with low-energy neutron detection


Electronics assembly, integration and testing


EMC/EMI testing of PLWS


Monte Carlo simulation study of lunar neutron spectrum depending on water ice content of regolith


Thermal simulations & analysis of lunar lander and payload on lunar surface


Mission Control in Budapest during field test (AMADEE-15, Kaunertal rock glacier, Alps, Austria)


Mars Analog Field Test with analog astronauts (MARS2013, Sahara desert, Morocco)


Moon Analog Field Test with two rovers (Mission Maunacast 2013, PISCES, Mauna Kea, Hawaii)


Mission Control in Budapest during field test (Mission Maunacast 2013, PISCES, Mauna Kea, Hawaii)


Total Ionizing Dose irradiation test of commercial off-the-shelf electronics with Co-60 gamma source at ATOMKI, Debrecen


Visual inspection of hardly accessible, remote areas, taking 360° panorama photos by Puli Rover


Monte Carlo particle transport simulations and analyses of radiation environments


Mechanical simulations and analysis using Finite Element Method


Simulations of lunar dusty plasma environment - Electric potentials of crater and spacecraft


Lunar landing site analysis and modelling, Mission planning


Developing and testing the Mission Control and Flight Software


Frequency Response Analysis of a mechanical design


Simulations of lunar dusty plasma environment - Lunar dust concentration around spacecraft


Simulations and design of a Thermal Control Subsystem for a lunar rover

Our Team

Tibor Pacher, PhD.
CEO & Founder
Miklós Pathy
Head of Software Engineering
Software Engineer
Mátyás Hazadi
Head of Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineer
Dávid Lucsányi
Head of Science
Applied Physicist
Péter Szőllősi
Mechanical Engineer
Dóra Szalkai
Applied Physicist
Sándor Döbrentei
Simulation Engineer
Gábor Németh
PR consultant
László Szűcs
Science Communicator
Earlier Team Members

Our Partners

Special Partners

Sponsors & Collaboration Partners

Antónia Erős

news anchor, journalist
13 August 2016

We've talked about this many times in the news and it seems less and less crazy. ... This is not a simple and short-lived enthusiasm, but a hard job, commitment, constant learning despite the fact, that failure can occur.

Attila Chikán

economist, university professor
18 November 2014

This project means for me to dare to dream big and do for them: many people say they know that we have the knowledge in this small country for it. Here's the chance to prove it.

Gábor Gerényi

computer engineer, journalist, co-founder of index.hu
6 October 2014

First I would send our Puli ahead to take a look around, sniff, examine, make friends, be nice to the locals, whoever they are.

András Hajós

singer, songwriter, comedian
12 September 2014

We need dreams, tales that the space is visible and that dream can come true. Landing Puli on the Moon is such a dream come true. It depends on us too if it happens.

Dániel Hamar

folk musician, space researcher, geophysicist
25 September 2014

Our scientists, thinkers, musicians carry the fame, that here in the Carpathian Basin, an ethnic group speaking a strange language - maybe thanks to their language - able to accomplish great things.

Jon Lomberg

space artist, science journalist
10 April 2016

During my visit in Budapest, I saw with my own eyes how the Puli inspired the students, the audience. This in itself already makes the project valuable.

László Kiss

22 July 2015

The Puli is both a professional challenge and a symbol. A successful mission can be a success for all of us, a nationwide positive experience that everyone can be proud of. Puli on the Moon - Wonderful thought!

Sándor Kürti

businessman, president of Kürt Zrt.
16 October 2014

One of the goals of Puli could be to bring our nation together. Thanks for the dream-like mission - Puli to the Moon! - which is unassailable, inspiring and pure. When was the last time we had the opportunity for such a noble collaboration?

Ádám Somlai-Fischer

principal artist and co-founder of Prezi
4 September 2014

Personally, what I like the most about Puli Space is that they have started a seemingly impossible project. A project that's about most people would say, it can't succeed anyway.

Count István Széchenyi

politician, writer, polymath, economist

Everything is difficult for one; nothing is impossible for many.

Latest News


Puli Lunar Water Snooper is supported by NASA

NASA provides $225,000 funding and technical expertise to support the development of the PLWS payload in the next one year. PLWS will map lunar subsurface water ice resources and it can be delivered to the Moon as early as 2022 on a NASA CLPS mission.

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Puskás and the Golden Team to the Moon!

Help us bring Hungary to the Moon! With this campaign, we want to make a unique eternal memory of Puskás and the Golden Soccer Team with the help of the Spacetime plaque - both on the Moon and here on Earth!

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Puli Space supports RADNEXT

Puli Space fully supports RADNEXT proposal and joins the nascent radiation effects R&D network of Europe, which aims to enhance and improve radiation testing and effect mitigation.

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