An ambitious plan for SpaceX is to organize the first car race on the moon in 2021.
An ambitious initiative is to send a pair of 5.5-kilogram, remotely controlled vehicles on the monthly surface to organize the first car race on the moon, New Atlas reports. And a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will help them get there as soon as possible, probably in October 2021.
The race is organized by Moon Mark, a multimedia and educational content company that has partnered with Intuitive Machines, a company that makes space equipment. Intuitive Machines says it could soon become the first private aerospace company to land on the moon, according to a recent press release.
Only 8% of the 100 kilogram payload is taken by remote-controlled cars, which will run around the sand dunes of Oceanus Procellarum, a massive plain near the western edge of the nearby part of month.
The rest of the payload is provided by NASA as part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, which lays the groundwork for sending the spacecraft back to the moon’s surface in 2024, according to an April press release.
The vehicles themselves will be partially designed by six teams of high school students from across the country, according to the New Atlas. The top two teams coming out of a series of challenges will win a unique opportunity in life to build and compete two vehicles on the moon, according to a press release since February.
“Competitors will then maneuver their rovers from a distance, sailing on rough terrain, running around cameras that will capture every aspect,” he said. n communiquÃ©.
Moon Mark technical director Todd Wallach told New Atlas that the teams will have “near real-time images, control and control” of the race cars.
Herman Tilke, the designer of Formula 1 racetracks, will design the track on the moon. “I know the lunar surface has been scanned to the point where it has enough information to develop this track,” said car designer Frank Stephenson.