The first ever race on the moon may take place as early as 2021November 30, 2020
A race of two radio-controlled modules on the surface of an Earth satellite is scheduled for next fall.
As on Monday, November 30, New Atlas informs, within the framework of the Moon Mark project, schoolchildren will create “fireballs” to be sent to the moon, and Elon Musk’s corporation will transport them there.
The components of the new project are expected to take up about 8% of the payload of the Nova-C lunar module, which Intuitive Machines is working on – it is considered the debut module of this type. SpaceX will handle the transportation of the complex to the lunar surface: the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with the Nova-C module should take place in October next year.
It is noted that the module itself will act as a kind of repeater: with racing cars it will be able to communicate via wi-fi, transmitting commands from the Earth. It is expected that Intuitive Machines will be able to almost completely eliminate communication latency. In addition, they organize full-fledged video recording of the races and broadcast events in real time.
The track will be configured by renowned Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke, while McLaren P1 designer Frank Stevenson will create the final styling of the cars that will take part in the race. According to assumptions, each car will weigh about 2.5 kg, and they will be able to move on the moon at a speed of about 10 centimeters per second.
In addition, some time ago, they demonstrated how the Shelby Mustang GT500 zips along the race track. It should be emphasized that this car is equipped with a 6-cylinder 4.0-liter engine with a capacity of 414 hp.
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