back to article Northrop Grumman throws hat in the ring to design NASA's next-gen Lunar Terrain Vehicle

Northrop Grumman has assembled a team to come up with a design for a new Lunar Rover. There remain three Lunar Roving Vehicles on the Moon, all low mileage with just a few careful drivers to their name, however, it is coming up for half a century since the last one turned a wheel. NASA plans to return astronauts to the lunar …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    recreated in Lego form

    Fake news - this is a model from the original filming set

    1. zuckzuckgo Silver badge

      Re: recreated in Lego form

      Maybe they should just send up the appropriate Lego set with each moon launch. Returning missions can combine the sets to make even more impressive vehicles. With a 3d printer they could make the "out of stock" pieces onsite.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: recreated in Lego form

        Or they could send up the LEGO sets instead - it would be much cheaper

        These are very small but those are a long way away.......

        1. David 132 Silver badge
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          Re: recreated in Lego form

          Upvoted if only for the Father Ted reference.

          Mind you, I remember the glory days of this site when there would be proper Playmobil recreations in articles. It's gone to the dogs since the time of Lester (RIP), I tells ya.

  2. Chris G

    I would have thought Bezos would be in with a chance for a Lunar rover.

    According to reports, Amazon has experience driving over almost anything..... flower beds, children's bicycles, house signs, fences.......

    1. James O'Shea Silver badge

      Elon has the experience driving a battery-powered vehicle over obstacles. Pick him.

      Oh. Wait. He lost the contract as a whole. Pity.

  3. Dom 3

    "just a few careful drivers to their name" ? One per vehicle, the CDR. Of which, Dave Scott not available? He drove the thing - Schmitt and Duke were passengers / navigators.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      But the passenger always knows better than the driver.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Navigators? You mean back-seat drivers...

      Not sure about the US, but in the UK, we call them back-seat drivers, not navigators.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Navigators? You mean back-seat drivers...

        In the USA I think they are rear-gunners

  4. StephenTompsett

    Careful Drivers?

    There was at least one 'Fender Bender' - repaired with document covers and duct tape I think....

    1. ravenviz Silver badge

      Re: Careful Drivers?

      Duct tape in spaaaaace!

    2. Binraider Silver badge

      Re: Careful Drivers?

      Mission rules were never drive further than you could walk back. One of the weirdest and best features in GT5 or 6 were the moon driving missions.

      1. John Jennings

        Re: Careful Drivers?

        That was pretty much my first car experience too......

  5. adam 40 Silver badge

    Northrop Grumman eh?

    So what sort of armaments does it have? A few miniguns and maybe some wire-guided missiles?

    1. Paul Kinsler

      Re: Northrop Grumman eh?

      I believe Northrop Grumman made the original lunar lander.

  6. Raphael

    don't they have a good one

    There was a Top Gear while the trio were still hosting where James May test drove a lunar rover

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFdEB8jARY

    1. Big_Boomer Silver badge

      Re: don't they have a good one

      https://www.topgear.com/car-news/big-reads/top-gear-drives-nasas-lunar-electric-rover

      But I am sure that won't stop them spending $$$$ to develop a new one. After all, there are all those Senators and CongressPeople to persuade to approve the NASA budget.

  7. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    Disappointed.

    Northrop have no chance. I've spent a huge amount of minutes (3 of them actually) on my submission which is keenly and somewhat cunningly based on only slight modifications to my Mazda CX5. Yes, there may be a few further problems to overcome but we'll sort those out during the (very) Agile testing phase.

    After being in a cramped capsule I'm sure the astronauts will welcome the heated leather seats, the electric windows and the large boot space for carrying explory type space stuff.

    1. phuzz Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Disappointed.

      Of course, it will need air for the engine to work, but you could just put the whole thing in a giant transparent hamster ball, and roll all over the moon. Simples!

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Fail Fast

      @aristotles_donkey I wish you well with that very Agile testing phase. I went through something similar in my late teens.

  8. MJI Silver badge

    GM - no chance, Peugeot instead?

    As they sell off all of their car factories there will be very little left.

    Or do they mean Peugeot?

    They now own Elsmere Port and Russelheim.

  9. SweDe

    Name That Rover

    Let's give a name. That will make it real, right? Rovey McRoverFace

  10. Platinum blond(e)
    Coat

    21st century problem now

    How soon before Uber and Lyft place ads for drivers to man the existing rovers and provide ETAs to the new lunar landing sites? Transport to rover sites provided by SpaceX.

    Note: The autonomous rovers will likely beat the drivers to the rendezvous site(s).

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