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Lockheed Martin and General Motors partner for NASA lunar rover

An artist’s concept reveals an outline of the lunar vehicle design.

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Lockheed Martin and Common Motors are partnering to develop a model new kind of lunar vehicle for NASA to utilize all through its upcoming Artemis missions to the moon, the companies launched Wednesday.

“Floor mobility is essential to allow and maintain long-term exploration of the lunar floor. These next-generation rovers will dramatically lengthen the vary of astronauts,” Lockheed Martin authorities vice chairman Rick Ambrose said in an announcement.

Earlier this yr, NASA issued a uncover to companies that it “requires a human-class rover that can lengthen the exploration vary of” astronauts all through missions for the corporate’s Artemis program. The NASA program, launched by former President Donald Trump’s administration and continued under President Joe Biden, consists of numerous missions to the moon’s orbit and flooring inside the years ahead.

NASA’s request for a next-generation lunar vehicle well-known it must take advantage of various cutting-edge utilized sciences, along with electrical vehicle strategies, autonomous driving, and unsafe terrain capabilities.

GM has constructed such a vehicle sooner than, as a result of the corporate was the primary subcontractor that helped Boeing create the lunar roving vehicle that was utilized all through three Apollo missions on the moon.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Younger drives NASA’s Lunar Roving Automobile (LRV) on the Descartes landing website online on the Moon on April 21, 1972.

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Whereas NASA’s earlier rover was in a position to reaching virtually driving throughout the moon at virtually six miles per hour, it traveled decrease than 5 miles from the Apollo landing website online.

Lockheed Martin said its next-generation lunar terrain vehicle is “being designed to traverse considerably farther distances to help the primary excursions of the moon’s south pole, the place it’s chilly and darkish with extra rugged terrain.”

CNBC’s Mike Wayland contributed to this story.

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