Lockheed Martin has collaborated with General Motors Co. to develop the next generation of Lunar Rover that will transport astronauts on the surface of the moon. This autonomous lunar rover helps expand humanity’s deep-space exploration footprint through NASA’s Artemis program.
Artemis is a program that sends humans back to the Moon where they can explore and conduct scientific experiments using a variety of rovers. NASA has been sought industry approaches to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) for their astronauts to explore lunar surface farther than ever before.
Two industry leaders have teamed up to support NASA’s mission, they have developed a unique vehicle with innovative capabilities drawn from their own unparalleled engineering, performance, technology, and reliability legacies. Lockheed Martin x General Motors Lunar Rover may allow astronauts to explore lunar surface even farther, places where humans have never gone before. Lockheed Martin has more than 50-year history of working with NASA especially on robotic spacecraft, such as NASA’s Orion exploration-class spaceship for Artemis and other Mars and planetary spacecraft.
This collaboration brings together the best from both companies to develop transformative class of vehicles. Surface mobility is very critical to sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. It is hoped that this next generation lunar rover would dramatically extend the range of astronauts investigation on the moon to get better understanding of our place in the solar system.
As a leader in battery electric technologies and propulsion systems, General Motors use its technology to facilitate safer and more efficient operations on the moon. This company made its history through advanced technologies and engineering that supported Lunar Rover Vehicle used by Apollo 15 astronauts. Now, together with Lockheed Martin and deep-space exploration expertise, they plan to support American astronauts on the Moon, once again.