Lockheed Martin and General Motors are teaming up to develop a next-generation lunar rover for NASA's Artemis program that will ferry NASA astronauts to the lunar surface.
General Motors is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to develop the next generation of NASA's lunar rover
According to foreign media reports, the battery-powered Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) will not only be able to carry astronauts, but will also be able to operate autonomously. It could carry human explorers, commercial cargo or travel through remote areas of the moon on missions of up to 100 days.
The rover's battery pack could use GM's Ultium battery technology to provide the vehicle with enough range to cross the moon's South Pole, according to the report.
The lunar lander, which will carry two astronauts -- one of them a woman -- is a key part of Nasa's Artemis project, which aims to return human astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024.
In April, after evaluating three commercial designs, NASA awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX, rejecting more expensive proposals from Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics teams. Under the contract, SpaceX will build the spacecraft that will take astronauts to the moon.