NASA earlier this week launched an official contract inquiry searching for assist from the car trade in designing a brand new Moon rover.
Whereas this isn’t precisely out of character for NASA, we thought the timing was fascinating. In any case, if there’s one car that screams “I belong on the Moon,” it’s Tesla‘s just lately unveiled Cybertruck.
In case you missed it, this meme-of-a-truck is definitely an actual factor that Tesla CEO Elon Musk pressured a staff of apparently proficient engineers to design and make:
Cybertruck is an electrical car that does zero-to-sixty in about two seconds, has actually sturdy home windows (generally), and appears like what a DMC DeLorean would evolve into if it have been a Pokemon.
Learn: Every little thing the Cybertruck appears like, in keeping with the web
The purpose is: does anybody on the market suppose NASA will give the gig to any firm apart from Tesla? Positive there’s precedent; Audi designed a rover and GM’s labored with NASA for years. However as of late Elon Musk is the belle of NASA‘s ball as his SpaceX firm continues to play a rising function within the company’s future plans.
NASA intends to satisfy the President’s directive in placing people again on the Moon by 2024 and, have been this to be the case, these people will want some transportation in the event that they need to get any work performed on the floor.
The official NASA request could be discovered here. It states that the federal government seeks a car that’s electrical and able to driving autonomously. That seems like a job for Tesla‘s Autopilot – which, usually, we bash over its deceptive identify. On this case, nonetheless, there’s little likelihood that astronauts will put the general public in peril by misusing their driver help options on the Moon.
However, as Amazon just lately discovered when Microsoft gained the bid for the Pentagon’s JEDI contract, there’s no such factor as a certain factor in the case of the US authorities. It’s doable any firm with an honest pitch might wind up with the subsequent rover design.
Though, we do have some strategies if NASA boss Jim Bridenstine is studying.
First, have you ever thought of going with Land Rover? It’s the one firm on Earth that might critically make a product referred to as the “Moon Rover” with out trying primary.
Different choices might embody foregoing the auto trade all-together. What about Jony Ive (iRover?), we hear he’s obtainable, or having the Bioware staff give you a design. Unpopular opinion: The Mako from Mass Impact was, is, and all the time would be the best area buggy ever made:
However, in the long run, everyone knows that Cybertruck is the Batmobile the Moon wants, even when we deserve it extra right here on Earth.
H/t: Motor Trend
Revealed February 7, 2020 — 20:50 UTC