GM, Lockheed Martin To Collaborate On New Lunar Vehicle

June 10th, 2021 by

Since the 1960s, General Motors has been involved in NASA’s space program. We helped develop the inertial guidance and navigation systems for the Apollo lunar expeditions, including landing humans on the Moon in Apollo 11 back in 1969.

In the 1970s, GM helped develop the original Lunar Rover Vehicle for the Apollo 15 through 17 missions. The drivable vehicle helped astronauts to explore more of the Moon’s surface with advanced technologies developed by GM.

The company’s history in the space program will continue with NASA’s Artemis program. That program has brought together GM and Lockheed Martin to develop a new generation of lunar vehicles.

The return of humans back to the Moon for further study will require mobility once on the surface. This new generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle will be the first of many such vehicles that will be deployed into space.

The collaboration between GM and Lockheed Martin will develop a unique vehicle with innovative capabilities, drawing on their unparalleled engineering, performance, technology and reliability legacies. The result may allow astronauts to explore the lunar surface in unprecedented fashion and support discovery in places where humans have never gone before.

GM will take their leadership in battery-electric technologies and propulsion systems to develop this new lunar vehicle. In addition, GM will also integrate their autonomous technology with the new vehicle. In all, the new lunar vehicle will be safer and more efficient to operate on the surface of the Moon.

Through this latest endeavor, GM will continue to take what they learned from their involvement with NASA’s space programs for over five decades towards integrating these technologies into today’s vehicles. This is why GM was named one of Time Magazine’s Time100 Most Influential Companies for 2021.

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