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A next-generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle design team includes the Michelin tire company to offer its expertise in high-tech materials to fabricate a high-tech “airless tire” for future Moon explorers.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is teaming up with AVL, Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and Michelin to create a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to transport NASA’s Artemis crew members around the Moon’s surface.

Team members

AVL is engaged in development, simulation, and testing of vehicle systems, bringing to the team its know-how in the advancement of battery electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and propulsion solutions for lunar surface mobility.

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Intuitive Machines will build upon the NASA 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 will leverage its expertise in rapid innovation, dust mitigation and thermal technologies from the development of its Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform (MAPP) work.

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Apollo knowledge

As prime, Northrop Grumman will lead systems integration, tapping its spacecraft design prowess to include cargo storage, energy management, avionics, navigation, sensors, controls, mission planning, operations and training.

Apollo 17 Lunar Rover.
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For its LTV work, Northrop Grumman has engaged Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison (Jack) Schmitt and Apollo 16’s Charles Duke, to incorporate their hands-on experiences of wheeling about on the Moon in the 1970s.

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