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.
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