Lockheed Martin and General Motors are working together to develop a lunar rover for NASA’s upcoming Artemis mission to the moon. This will be the first manned mission to the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972. The goal is to land astronauts on the moon in 2024. These companies have developed an autonomous rover that will help astronauts explore the moon.
Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, said in a statement that surface mobility is critical to achieving and maintaining long-term exploration of the lunar surface. “These next-generation rovers will greatly expand the range of astronauts,” Ambrose said.
Lockheed Martin stated in a long article on its website that unlike Apollo-era astronauts who could only walk four miles from the landing site, the astronauts of NASA’s Artemis mission will be more than any in the past. At all times, we explored the lunar surface more deeply to conduct key scientific research. Another fascinating aspect of the proposed rover is that it will become driver-selectable, which means that an automatic, self-driving system can allow the vehicle to operate with or without people.
Travel on the moon
The company stated that this is not your usual off-road experience, and added that this new rover will be equipped by experts to drive on dark and cold rugged terrain.
Interestingly, unlike Earth and Mars, there are less than 14 days of day and night on the surface of the moon. The statement said: “Lockheed Martin’s universal rover will be designed to survive and even operate at night for up to two weeks. The temperature at night can drop to -280 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature during the day can reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit. “
Madhu Raghavan, manager of GM’s global R&D department, said gravity is different, and gravity must be considered when designing anything for lunar and/or space applications. “There are extreme temperature fluctuations, and space radiation becomes a challenge in system design. You also need to operate in a vacuum and design the system to withstand the impact of the actual launch,” he said.
Lockheed Martin has a long history and a history of cooperation with NASA, and it looks forward to further cooperation with the newly proposed rovers.
Kirk Slimane, vice president of Lunar Exploration Sports for Lockheed Martin, said that their goal is to create an affordable vehicle that exceeds our customers’ requirements and is too fast. Shireman said: “Digital tools are our way to achieve this goal,” he added: “We have demonstrated in various plans and proposals the speed, affordability, and reliability that digital tools can achieve. We fully hope to be able to Leverage and extend the experience of the program.”
Other scientific activities that this vehicle will support include field geology, sample collection, return, and unfolded experiments.