Northrop Grumman Announces Team for NASA's Next-Generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle
Northrop Grumman Corporation is teaming up with AVL, Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and Michelin to design a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to transport NASA's Artemis astronauts around the lunar surface. This team provides multi-disciplinary expertise that is ready to deliver an innovative solution to NASA for lunar surface mobility.
Above: The Northrop Grumman-led team will provide NASA with an affordable and sustainable vehicle design that will expand human and robotic exploration of the lunar surface. (Northrop Grumman)
"Together with our teammates, we will provide NASA with an agile and affordable vehicle design to greatly enhance human and robotic exploration of the lunar surface to further enable a sustainable human presence on the Moon and, ultimately, Mars," said Steve Krein, vice president, civil and commercial space, tactical space systems division, Northrop Grumman.
As prime, Northrop Grumman will lead systems integration, bridging its own flight-proven experience with spacecraft design to include cargo storage, energy management, avionics, navigation, sensors, controls, mission planning, operations and training, with the following teammate capabilities:
AVL, an industry-leader for the development, simulation, and testing of vehicle systems, will bring its expertise in the advancement of battery electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and propulsion solutions to make lunar surface mobility a reality.
Intuitive Machines will build on its capability developed through NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative to meet NASA and commercial demand for larger lunar surface payload delivery. Their Nova-D spacecraft utilizes four liquid methane/oxygen engines from the mature Nova-C program for precision landing on the Moon.
Lunar Outpost, a leader in lunar mobility platforms, will leverage its expertise in rapid innovation, dust mitigation and thermal technologies from the development of its MAPP rover to help deliver a robust, cutting-edge LTV solution.
Michelin will leverage the experience gained from previous collaborations with NASA to build lunar rovers, its expertise in high-tech materials, and the know-how acquired in the development of airless solutions for extreme applications to design an airless tire solution for the LTV.
In addition to the proven expertise brought by the teammates, Northrop Grumman has engaged Apollo astronauts Dr. Harrison (Jack) Schmitt and Charles Duke, to incorporate their hands-on experiences into the design for the LTV–allowing the team to optimize the vehicle for the needs of NASA researchers and Artemis astronauts.
Posts: 1127 From: CA. Registered: Jan 2011
posted 11-17-2021 03:47 PM
Isn't Toyota developing a "rover" for the lunar surface for the Japanese participation in Artemis?
Posts: 735 From: Hudson, MA Registered: Jul 2005
posted 11-27-2021 09:58 PM
In addition to the proven expertise brought by the teammates, Northrop Grumman has engaged Apollo astronauts Dr. Harrison (Jack) Schmitt and Charles Duke...
I'm surprised that they haven't engaged with the only living person that actually drove an LRV on the moon.
Robert Pearlman Editor
Posts: 47451 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 11-28-2021 11:12 AM
David Scott may have been approached and declined to participate. Or perhaps he is already working with one of the other teams.
quote:Originally posted by SkyMan1958: Isn't Toyota developing a "rover" for the lunar surface for the Japanese participation in Artemis?
Japan's participation in Artemis is centered on contributions to the Gateway. The Lunar Cruiser is a joint research study between JAXA, Toyota, TOMY, Sony and Doshisha University for a possible flight to the moon by Japan's own ispace, inc. At present, it is not part of NASA's Artemis' plans.