Drove GM’s New Lunar Buggy on the Moon

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Driving on the moon is not an average off-road driving experience. In 1960, General Motors introduced this incredible vehicle deployed on three separate Apollo missions in the early 70s, generally known as the Lunar Buggy Roving Vehicle. 

General Motors’ sprawling Milford offering ground sits about 45 minutes northwest of Detroit. Also, it covers thousands of acres and provides hundreds of miles of test tracks. The worst thing is it includes several massive during simulators. All are customized to provide many driving experiences, from droning down the highway around the Indianapolis motor speedway.

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Fifty years ago, the Artemis program was the beginning to get a human life on the moon as soon as 2025. The fact is that they will need a new way to get around, and GM started building the buggy again. That buggy was named the Lunar Buggy Mobility Vehicle. It was developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin.

There are several reasons for being jealous of astronauts; free trips to space freeze and freeze-dried ice cream that you can eat. Watching footage exploring on the moon buggy makes people crazier than the rocket riding experiences. 

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“General Motors is still developing its LMV concept because the recent vision seems a little like a lifted Japanese Kei-class truck minus the roof.” 

GM engineers redesigned it and came with a fantastic twist like the simulators can be built to replicate the moon. Although the moon offers roughly one-sixth the gravity that people generally experience on earth, there are still many differences like a slippery surface and lack of wind resistance. 

While driving the space applicants for the moon, the main difference that needs to be more focused on is the force of gravity. The biggest challenge is ensuring temperature swings and space radiations while designing.  Also, it’s an excellent time to head Space companies to reach Mars in 2024.

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Nothing happened seriously, but it took a few moments to get used to the delayed reactions on the moon. However, a little being is on ice, but the car unable tend to respond instantly. Thanks to its over-aggressive driving, sending it bounding into the air. As a result, the stimulator failed to replicate the clouds of the lunar buggy dust that was surly kicking up but couldn’t figure out the coefficient of friction. 

This simulator comes with a limited speed of up to 12mph, considered 50% faster than the old rover. As a result, it turns out that the speed rate was more than enough to launch over the lap of the crater. Then, it turns into a tumbling doom that instantly crashes the simulator, and you are all done with this process. Therefore, an ignominious little end to the virtual lunar expedition. 

Saloni Behl

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