Nissan will help design the new lunar rover for NASA missions

Nissan will work with Sierra Space and Teledyne Brown Engineering to design a crewed Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to support future lunar exploration.

Nissan North America will provide production capabilities, automotive design expertise, and self-driving and smart vehicle systems since the lunar lander will need to be self-driving.

“Participation in this project extends our industry’s technology and design capabilities to space technology, and vice versa,” said Maarten Sierhuis, Global Alliance Director of Nissan’s Alliance Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. , in California. “With this partnership, we will explore the possibilities of autonomy and teleoperations, power management systems, vehicle connectivity and human-machine interface to help shape the future of intelligent lunar rovers. We will then translate these teachings from the LTV operating on the lunar surface to Earth. »

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Teledyne and Sierra Space have years of experience in extraterrestrial exploration. The former built the first prototype lunar rover in the 1960s and performed operations and payload integration work for NASA for more than 40 years. He will lead the team and provide program management, engineering, manufacturing, integration, operations and the vehicle power system.

Sierra Space has a history of advancements in this area and will provide the flight software, space-qualified mechanisms, communications, pointing, navigation and timing for the LTV.

“Sierra Space is firmly positioned at the forefront of the development of the new space economy and the commercialization of space, and this team has all the right ingredients to design the definitive lunar field vehicle for Artemis astronauts. on the moon,” five-year-old Steve Lindsey said. multiple-time astronaut and Chief Strategy Officer, Sierra Space. “NASA has already developed a commercial partnership model for low Earth orbit crew and cargo transport services […] and this LTV team is ready to answer the call as the agency expands this business model to transport astronauts to the lunar surface.

Finally, Textron Specialized Vehicles, of which Arctic Cat has experience exploring some of the most inhospitable regions on Earth, will provide chassis design, vehicle dynamics and suspension management.

“We believe we have created a dynamic, cutting edge and proven team for this effort,” said Scott Hall, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering. “Together, this team will provide a robust, versatile and intuitive vehicle to support our future in space.”

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