GM And Lockheed Martin Are Developing A Lunar Rover

The United States going back to the moon, and this time they're planning on bringing a ground vehicle.

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Project Artemis aims to land humans on the south pole of the moon in just a few years time, and along with the evolution of spacecraft and other stringent technologies required to make this happen, a fleet of moon vehicles are also in development. Specifically, NASA's turn to the automotive and robotic industries has led them to an agreement with aerospace company Lockheed Martin, and the auto firm, General Motors.

Currently in development is a 'next generation' of lunar rover vehicles, making use of GM's battery and autonomous technology found in their new and future EV car models, key components of maximising the amount of distance the rovers can travel. This comes after NASA's previous rover landings, none of which ever managed to travel over eight kilometres in distance.

The partnership between GM and NASA isn't unheard of, as they had previously collaborated alongside Boeing in developing the first lunar rovers to land on the moon in the final Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions.

The new moon rovers are likely to be complete within the next few years, alongside vehicles for Project Orion's 2024 scheduled moon landings.

- AutoNews Australia

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Comments (12)

  • What a waste of money. Shouldn’t we just improve our lives on earth?

      3 months ago
  • Stick a Pontiac badge on the front, and call it a Trans-moon.

      3 months ago
  • I like your article, but not their space policy. Take on Earth first, then Space. There's enough things to do + problems to solve down here...

      3 months ago
  • The GM martin!!! or the LOCKHEED.......oh.. whats after gm.. cooked up there was thinking of a merged name..heck😂😂

      1 month ago
  • It's gonna be the first "car" to break down on the moon

      3 months ago