The makers of Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat have retained a Pittsburgh robotics firm to help get their product to the moon.

A Japanese sports drink company’s attempt to place a large quantity of its product on the moon will involve a Pittsburgh-based robotics company. Astrobotic, founded in 2008 and headquartered in the Strip District, is highlighted in an item on The New Yorker‘s website about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company’s plan to deposit a capsule full of Pocari Sweat, one of its curiously named sports drinks, in a time capsule on the northeastern part of the moon.

Astrobotic will provide the mission with a lunar lander called the Griffin as a part of the company’s ongoing efforts to net the GoogleLunar X Prize.

Read more about Astrobotic’s role in the commercial moon mission on The New Yorker‘s Currency blog.

Matthew Wein

Matthew Wein is a local writer, editor, blogger, storyteller and proud native Pittsburgher. Once described as "a man of things," he covers city design, spirits and craft beer for NEXT, where he keeps all...