Now we hear that Audi is supporting the German engineers in the Part-Time Scientists team, which is working within the Google Lunar XPrize competition to transport an unmanned rover on the moon. Audi is supporting the Part-Time Scientists team with their know-how in terms of quattro all-wheel-drive, lightweight construction, electric powertrains and piloted driving. The important aim is to challenge engineers and scientists round the world into develop affordable (robotic) ways in which of exploring house. Audi’s concept design studio in Munich is apparently already revising the design of the rover to ensure “ideal lightweight construction conditions”.
Calling the idea of privately financed mission to moon as fascinating, Luca de Meo, Audi Board Member for Sales and Marketing said that the company wants to send a signal with its involvement and motivate other partners to contribute their know?how to such missions. The lunar vehicle with the Audi lunar Quattro should launch to the Moon in 2017 and land near the 1972 landing site of the Apollo 17.
Audi is going to the moon! The trip will take about five days.
The rover itself has already undergone testing in Tenerife and the Alps, Part-Time Scientists says. It will descend and land near the original Apollo 17 landing site which was the last visit to our natural satellite. “Four wheel hub motors power the drive system – their interplay makes the rover an e-quattro”.
Once there, the Lunar Quattro will be powered by a solar panel which energises a lithium-ion battery pack.
A pair of front-mounted stereoscopic cameras will allow the rover to record the images required by contest rules, while a “scientific camera” will be used to examine materials. This powertrain offers the rover a top speed of 3.6 km/h. “We look forward to future interaction and a fruitful partnership”. Experts from three continents support the team, including ex- leading NASA employee Jack Crenshaw from Florida.
At least a dozen teams are racing to win Google’s US$30 million (NZ$44 million) prize for getting to the moon. The competition, which originally attracted more than 25 teams, is its in final phase, with 16 teams now in the running from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Chile, Hungary and Malaysia.
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