General Motors plans to work with Lockheed Martin to develop the next generation of spacecraft, which will return to its planned missions. NASA's Artemis Moon will be used.
General Motors plans to develop the next generation of spacecraft in partnership with Lockheed Martin, which is on a return mission. NASA's Artemis Moon will be used.
It was in 2018 that Tesla, in collaboration with Ilan Musk's other company, SpaceX, launched the Roadster into space. But in fact, it is General Motors that has played a major role in space operations missions. With the development of the Apollo 15 mission car in 1971, the company became the first carmaker to produce a car that was actually used on the moon.
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Now in a program that's a kind of return to decades ago, GM is working with Lockheed Martin to produce a generation Next is the manned spacecraft, known as the Lunar Terrain Vehicle. The aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has a half-century history of working with NASA on human spacecraft and Robotics is deep in space, including the moon and Mars. GM also helped build the Apollo-era astronaut, including its chassis and wheels.
Alan Wexler, GM's senior vice president for growth and innovation, said: Advanced technology and engineering have made history to support the Lunar Rover Vehicle that moved Apollo 15 astronauts on the moon. "Now, with Lockheed Martin and their expertise in remote space exploration, we intend to once again support American astronauts on the moon."
It is noteworthy that previous astronauts experienced only a simple comeback. And only 7.6 km away from the landing site. Walking this short distance, given that the moon's circumference is about 11,000 kilometers, prevented astronauts from reaching samples from more distant regions.
NASA's Artemis lunar return program
This time General Motors and Lockheed Martin intend to Climbers travel longer distances. Especially for navigation in the Antarctic region, which is dark and cold and has more uneven ground, the construction of the moon requires more advanced technology. A technology that will mark the first season of exploring new lands on the moon.
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According to Kirk Shireman, the two companies are working together to improve the characteristics of the astronaut, but the exact materials used in the astronaut, its range and other capabilities will be determined in the future. General Motors is also developing automated systems for astronauts to increase astronauts' safety and ability to collect samples and advance other scientific research on the moon.
Jeffrey Ryder "By 2025, GM will be investing more than $ 27 billion in electric vehicles and automotive technology," said Ryder, GM's vice president for defense development and strategy. "We plan to extend this research to the astronaut project, and we are currently exploring how to use these capabilities for specific missions and operations related to the Artemis program." It will use its propulsion system to develop the astronaut, and Ryder says the satellite program is expected to create new opportunities in the industry. Known as the Lunar Cruiser.
If a joint project of General Motors and Lockheed Martin is selected by NASA, it will be used in the Artemis manned missions. Artemis' first mission is a drone scheduled for November. The tender for the astronauts will probably be announced in the third or fourth quarter of 2021, and NASA will sign contracts with selected companies after evaluating the initial plans.
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