Lockheed Martin and General Motors are teaming up to develop the next generation of lunar vehicles intended to transport astronauts to the surface of the Moon, fundamentally evolving and expanding humanity’s deep space exploration footprint.
- These rovers will travel much more than the Apollo rovers
- GM to supply battery-powered electric technologies and propulsion systems
- Next-generation rover will be more capable of handling rough terrain
NASA’s Artemis program returns humans to the Moon where they will explore and conduct science experiments using various rovers. NASA has researched industry approaches to develop a Lunar Vehicle (LTV) that will allow astronauts to explore the lunar surface further than ever before. The LTV is the first of many types of surface mobility vehicles required by NASA’s Artemis program.
The alliance of GM and Lockheed Martin
To support NASA’s mission, the two industry leaders will develop a unique vehicle with innovative capabilities, building on their unparalleled heritage of engineering, performance, technology and reliability. The result could allow astronauts to explore the lunar surface in unprecedented ways and support discovery in places humans have never been before.
Lockheed Martin will lead the team by leveraging its more than 50 years of experience with NASA on human and robotic spacecraft in deep space, such as NASA’s Orion spacecraft for Artemis and numerous Martian spacecraft. and planetary.
“This alliance brings together major innovations from both companies to create a transformative class of vehicles,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin. “Surface mobility is essential to enable and support long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the reach of astronauts as they conduct high-priority scientific investigations on the Moon that will impact final on humanity’s understanding of our place in the solar system. “
GM’s contribution to the space industry
GM is a leader in battery-powered electric technologies and propulsion systems that are at the heart of its multi-brand, multi-segment electric vehicle strategy, positioning the company for a fully electric future. In addition, GM will use stand-alone technology to facilitate safer and more efficient operations on the moon.
“General Motors made history by applying cutting-edge technology and engineering to support the Lunar Rover vehicle that Apollo 15 astronauts drove to the Moon,” said Alan Wexler, senior vice president of innovation and growth at General Motors. “Together with Lockheed Martin and their expertise in deep space exploration, we plan to once again support US astronauts on the Moon.”
GM’s history with NASA
GM has a proven history of supporting NASA and working in the space industry. The company manufactured, tested, and integrated inertial guidance and navigation systems for the entire Apollo Moon program, including Apollo 11 and the first human landing in 1969. GM also helped develop the Apollo Lunar Roving electric vehicle ( LRV), including the frame and wheels. for the LRV which was used on Apollo missions 15-17.
Unlike the Apollo rovers which only traveled 7.6 kilometers from the landing site, the next-generation lunar vehicles are designed to travel much longer distances to support the first excursions to the Moon’s south pole, where it makes cold and dark with rougher terrain.
Autonomous and autonomous systems will enable rovers to prepare for human landings, provide commercial payload services, and improve the reach and usefulness of payloads and science experiments.
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