The goal of many brands is to reach beyond the moon and firms like Goodyear know this well as they have been working with NASA in recent years. The brand joined the conquest of the Moon more than 50 years ago, when it supplied essential products for the Apollo program, including the mythical Apollo 11 mission. Now have gone a step further and joined Lockheed Martin, focusing on developing a vehicle that has the best possible lunar mobility.
The team of companies aims to be the first to establish long-term commercial vehicle operations on the Moon. Goodyear brings its extensive expertise in a mission-critical component of traversing the lunar surface, tires. In this way, will work on a different and groundbreaking type of technology in every way, offering the best service to the international station.
Goodyear is working in several areas, especially in continue to advance research in airless tire technologye, which it uses in micromobility, autonomous shuttles and passenger vehicles, to advance lunar mobility and withstand the difficult conditions of the Moon. The companies are already applying their expertise to the project, including testing components on lunar soil test beds.
Companies are already applying existing expertise and advanced virtual testing to advance the project. Tyre tests are being carried out on lunar soil test benches. This is in addition to an advanced loop driving simulator used in the development of vehicles such as the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and chevrolet Corvette so engineers know how a lunar rover and its advanced tires will perform on one-sixth of gravity in rugged, cratered lunar terrain.
Now, both Goodyear and Lockheed have joined. proposed to work hand in hand to arrive on time as soon as possible for the next major space mission, which is set in 2025 when they send the first woman and the first person of color walking on the moon.