It goes without saying that the conquest of the automotive landscape extends beyond Earth. Automobiles have been in space, with General Motors having a significant hand over the first car to actually be used in space.
GM is on another lunar rover project with Lockheed Martin, while Japan has unveiled its lunar exploration vehicle, the Toyota Lunar Cruiser. This time around, Xtend Design presents the Luniaq – a Skoda Enyaq-inspired lunar rover revealed during Czech Space Week.
Written by Tomas Rousek of Xtend Design, the Luniaq is an electric lunar vehicle concept that can carry up to four astronauts. It is based on NASA’s MMSEV (Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle) platform.
As for the Skoda Enyaq inspiration, one has to look at the design of the front end, according to the London-based company. We don’t see it, however, but if you do, feel free to leave your comments in the comments section below.
For details, the Luniaq comes with clear aluminum for large windows, which is said to be more resistant to micrometeorites than glass. Polyethylene layers add additional radiation protection, while the lower front window allows drivers to view the terrain directly in front of the car.
The Luniaq also comes with stereoscopic cameras for scanning the terrain and for 3D imaging to allow remote and autonomous control of the car. Michelin’s Tweel technology was also used for the large flexible wheels.
“Sustainable development could allow us to continue to progress and expand the biosphere to other places in space. We would like to inspire people on how we might continue to gradually develop our technologies and one day live and drive. in places other than Earth. Technically humanity is advanced enough, so it’s just a matter of motivation and funding. The new era of electric mobility could continue throughout the solar system and beyond, ”says Tom Rousek of Xtend Design.