NASA asked car companies to help develop a moon rover

NASA asked car companies to help develop a moon rover

February 10, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has asked car companies to join the development of a new moon rover.

The new device will be created as part of the NASA space program called Artemis, which provides for the return of people to the moon. In particular, one of its goals is to send “the first woman and the next man” to the Earth satellite. “Artemis” should be the stage to create a settlement on the planet, and the experience gained will be useful in the further development of Mars.

According to the NASA concept, the new lunar rover must have a leaky open cabin, advanced equipment, as well as external controls so that a person can fully operate the device. It is understood that the equipment will include fully autonomous robots that can get into hard-to-reach places, and will also carry additional equipment and resources during the expedition.

Previously, a compact unmanned lunar rover was developed by Audi. The device, consisting of 85% aluminum, was made using a 3D printer. It is equipped with four small electric motors and a set of lithium-ion batteries. Stereoscopic cameras and a special video complex are used to study material found on the lunar surface. The maximum speed of the lunar rover is 3.6 kilometers per hour.