Canoo presented the lunar transport vehicles with which it will work with NASA on the satellite.
The Canoo company has provided the first images of what will be its lunar vans that it has been working with NASA .
These vehicles are being developed to be used in the Artemis missions, with which NASA plans to return to the Moon this decade.
The vehicles look almost exactly like the Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle, a company standard, though they now bear NASA branding .
The space agency’s request for this model indicates that it must accommodate four fully equipped astronauts, three other crew members and a driver. There should also be room for five equipment bags, four cooling units and a transfer bag of pads.
These cars will serve as mobility for the astronauts on the Moon , where they will move the equipment from the technical center to the space rocket launch pads, with a distance of approximately 15 kilometers.
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You have to meet the dates
Having won the contract , Canoo now has until June 2023 to deliver all the vehicles ordered by the space agency (their number has not been specified), which should not be a big problem since mass production of the vehicle is expected to end of this year, when the commercialization of the “civilian” model will also begin.
The standard model should start at $34,750 and come in Base, Premium, Adventure and Delivery trim levels. The most powerful version has around 305 hp (224 kW) and 450 Nm of torque. The maximum range is expected to be 402 km with an 80 kWh battery.
The purchase of Canoos is part of NASA’s Artemis project , which aims to bring humans back to the moon in collaboration with the private agency SpaceX that deals with the development of the lunar lander . The first test will be an unmanned flight around the Moon, followed by one with people on board, which will take place in May 2024. The third step will be a demonstration of an unmanned lander, and finally there will be the new moon landing.