Rover tires on the moon can not be ordinary. Goodyear will take care of that
The three companies listed above will begin long-term commercial vehicle exploitation on the Moon, and Goodyear’s contribution will be reduced to inconspicuous tires, but in practice it is an essential component for traversing the lunar surface. The most interesting thing about this is that in this particular case the tires will use a relatively new technology, the “air” technology. Goodyear has been in development for years, has been producing this type of tire for some time and has even been able to bring it to the consumer market, but in completely niche applications.
NASA’s Artemis program dedicated to living and working on the Moon has a clear need for lunar transportation, which we intend to meet with astronaut-guided or autonomously operated unmanned vehicles.We are developing a next-generation lunar vehicle to make it available to NASA as well as commercial companies and even other space agencies to support human science and exploration. This approach exemplifies NASA’s desire for industry to take the lead with a commercial effort that enables the agency to be one of its many clientsSaid Kirk Sheriman, Vice President of Lunar Exploration Campaigns at Lockheed Martin.
The company’s contribution to the conquest of space will not be the first, because Goodyear has also been involved in the Apollo 11 project 53 years ago. We will know exactly the fruits of the company’s work before 2025, because that is when the development program will be completed. Perhaps most importantly, the experience Goodyear will gain from this process will enable the company to improve its airless tires “on our own” – on the ground.
Of course, Goodyear lunar tires will be very different from those used on Earth. For us it’s hard to find harsh conditions, but our satellite tires should be extremely durable and strong, up front, with the ability to survive temperatures ranging from -150°C at night to 121°C during the day.
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