Nissan, Teledyne, and Sierra Space combine forces to design the Lunar Terrain Vehicle

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Sierra Space, and Nissan have all been pursuing space technology to a varying degree. At the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado, these three companies announced they will be working together with Nasa to build a crewed vehicle for further exploration and scientific research on the Moon.

Since the 1960s Teledyne Brown Engineering has been involved in every United States space mission. They specialize in hardware for miscellaneous environments has fused into 70 years of space structure design and fabrication. Alongside Teledyne, Sierra Space has also been a factor in Nasa space exploration. Its Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) is a malleable closed zone to support astronauts and their experiments within space. They have also developed the Dream Chaser, which will transport cargo to and from Earth to the International Space Station.

While Nissan North America focuses mainly on vehicles, they have recently started to work within the space sector. In December 2021, Nissan showed the world an EV lunar prototype.

Combining Teledyne Brown Engineering’s know-how in overall management, manufacturing, implementation, and power strategies with that of Sierra Space software, communication technology, navigation and their understanding of space parameters is a mix for success. Nissan’s part in the venture remains to be specified, even though they have developed an
e-4ORCE technology into a previously made LTV for NASA. Sierra Space’s Chief Strategy Officer Steve Lindsey said:

“Sierra Space is firmly situated at the forefront of developing the new space economy and the commercialization of space, and this team has all of the right ingredients to design the definitive Lunar Terrain Vehicle for Artemis astronauts on the Moon. NASA has already developed a commercial partnership model for crew and cargo transport services in low Earth orbit. The Dream Chaser spaceplane for cargo resupply at the International Space Station – and this LTV team is ready to answer the call as the agency extends that commercial model to astronaut transportation on the lunar surface.”

If all goes according to plans, moving around the Moon could become something astronauts just get used to.

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