So, threatening the habitat of some endangered rat.
Space startup Astrolab, led by ex-SpaceX manager and NASA engineer Jaret Matthews, has successfully tested a lunar rover prototype that can operate telerobotically or ferry around a crew of two astronauts. A full-scale prototype was lately tested in the California desert near Death Valley. The five-day field test (which …
Nah. Contrary to the lies of the greenaholics, there are a lot more square inches of desert than there are square inches of desert rat ... and for the most part, the rats live in loose rocks and largish deadwood (cabins, mine sites), which are usually avoided by desert off-roaders.
well if it had fuel cells in addition to batteries, maybe they could get some extra power. Batteries are ok but speed and distance require something with better energy density. But combine them together (In My Bombastic Opinion) and you'd do much better than a slow moving golf cart.
Another possible fuel might be Otto Fuel which requires no air, sort of a self-combusting liquid material. The combustion products are toxic but in a vacuum that would not matter much. The upside is that you could use a regular piston type engine (the ones in torpedos are a bit like a pneumatic impact wrench) and similar design and fuel means lower development cost. But hey, "practicality" is not always the way things work with NASA contracts...
Perhaps Mercedes could develop a Lunar version of this...
"As well the potential to carry a pair of astronauts, the trundlebot can lug three cubic metres of payload slung beneath it (weighing in at 1,000kg)."
So it's basically a pickup truck. I'll take a dune buggy in that terrain, TYVM.
""The nominal speed of FLEX is 15kph but we hope to push this a bit and set a new lunar speed record at just over the 18kph that Eugene Cernan did in 1972."
Until some enterprising astronaut manages to retrieve and hot-rod one of the original rovers :-)
Read in light of the fact that the first automobile race undoubtedly occurred the first time two drivers encountered each other.
Beat me to it.
"EVA" made sense when you are out in space and you, in fact, go outside the spacecraft (vehicle). I'd even accept it when talking about going outside the space station as this thing is orbiting at a decent speed and could be classified as a "vehicle".
But if you're on Mars, or the Moon, then the shelter or base cannot be classified as a "Vehicle".
"Extra-Base Activity" (EBA)? "Extra-Shelter Activity" (ESA)? Heck, we already have the term "Moon Walk".