LITTLETON, Colorado (CBS4) – Lockheed Martin will partner with General Motors to develop a next generation lunar vehicle for upcoming missions to the moon. This rover is being developed on the Lockheed Littleton campus.
The rover was announced on Wednesday morning. The rover accompanies Artemis astronauts back to the surface of the moon. A crewed landing is currently planned for 2024. The Lunar Terrain Vehicle will be billed as the first of many types of “surface mobility vehicles” required for Artemis.
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“This alliance brings together powerful innovations from both companies to create a transformative vehicle class,” said Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space, in a press release. “Surface mobility is crucial in order to be able to research the lunar surface in the long term. These next generation rovers will dramatically expand the range of astronauts as they conduct high priority scientific research on the moon that will ultimately affect humanity’s understanding of our place in the solar system. “
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The rovers are designed to take the Artemis crew to places that have never been explored by humans before. The Apollo astronauts traveled a maximum of 4.7 miles from the landing site during the missions of the 1960s and 1970s.
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General Motors developed the guidance and navigation systems for the Apollo program. GM also developed the original lunar lander that was used in the Apollo missions. For the Artemis rover, GM will use autonomous technology to prepare for human landings and deliver payloads to the moon.