GM and Lockheed Martin are trying their hand at the commercial space market for lunar rovers

ONLY 5% of the lunar surface has been explored by humans.

And NASA needs some serious wheels to explore the other 95%.

Concept art of the Lockheed Martin-GM lunar rover

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Concept art of the Lockheed Martin-GM lunar roverPhoto credit: Lockheed Martin

Apollo missions in the 1960s and early 1970s limited the moon rover’s travel to four miles from a landing site, reports Lockheed Martin.

GM previously helped build the Lunar Roving Vehicle, which was used on three Apollo missions, according to CNBC.

Lockheed Martin and GM have teamed up to produce a new type of lunar vehicle for NASA that will take astronauts further to the lunar surface.

Lockheed Martin Space executive vice president Rick Ambrose discussed how enhanced lunar exploration will help NASA better understand the fundamental planetary processes that make up our solar system and help protect Earth.

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Ambrose says, “These next-generation rover concepts will dramatically extend the exploration range of astronauts when conducting high-priority scientific investigations on the moon that will ultimately impact humanity’s understanding of our place in the solar system,” reports the Location of Lockheed Martin.

The challenge in developing this vehicle is that it must efficiently navigate the harsh, dark, and cold terrain of the moon.

Lockheed Martin and GM plan to overcome these design challenges with:

  • electric vehicle systems
  • Autonomous driving
  • Navigating in dangerous terrain

Lockheed Martin reports that nights on the moon are almost 14 days long.

Lockheed Martin-GM’s rovers would be designed to survive the moon’s nighttime temperatures, which have been known to drop to -280 degrees Fahrenheit and climb to 260 degrees during the day.

Lockheed Martin’s new partnership is part of GM’s global growth and innovation team, reports CNBC.

The team’s projects include electric utility vehicles and military defense in addition to their Lunar Initiative.

NASA is planning several missions to the orbit and surface of the moon in the coming years.

The harsh, cold, and dark terrain of the moon is a challenge that Lockheed Martin and GM must overcome as they develop their lunar rover

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The harsh, cold, and dark terrain of the moon is a challenge that Lockheed Martin and GM must overcome as they develop their lunar roverPhoto credit: Lockheed Martin

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Chris Barrese

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