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Magen David Adom participates in the development of a new spacecraft on the Moon

Magen David Adom participates in the development of a new spacecraft on the Moon


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Unlike the rover developed for the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, which was designed to last only a few days, the new lunar rover is designed for extended use. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Canadian Space Corporation MDA is co-developing a new rover that the US Space Agency is developing for a possible return to the Moon.

Giants Lockheed Martin and Goodyear play leading roles on the project, and MDA will provide its commercial vehicle robotic arm.

Unlike the rover developed for the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, which was designed to last only a few days and for short flights, the new lunar rover is designed for extended use. And this time, it won’t be reserved for NASA.

“We are developing the next generation of lunar navigation vehicles to be available to NASA, commercial companies and even other space agencies to support science and human exploration,” said Kirk, vice president in charge of lunar exploration at Lockheed Martin. Sherman.

Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

Goodyear, which has also participated in NASA’s Apollo program, will use ground-based airless tire technology for autonomous shuttles and other passenger vehicles.

Texan Lockheed Martin has worked with NASA for more than 50 years. It is currently involved in the development of Orion capsules and several ships dedicated to the exploration of Mars.

The rovers must be able to withstand conditions unimaginable on the lunar surface, where the temperature can be -157 degrees Celsius at night and 120 degrees Celsius during the day.

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The companies estimate that the first craft will walk on the moon at the same time as the NASA mission, scheduled for 2025.