We are not in an episode of Space Force, and this decision was not made by General Naird played by Steve Carell. We are indeed in the real world, December 2, 2020. A startup aims to send remote-controlled cars to the Moon to organize races. These vehicles should reach lunar soil thanks to SpaceX and its Falcon 9 in October 2021. SpaceX is in no way the organizer of this race, it is Moon Mark who is at the origin of this crazy idea. Moon Mark is leading this project in partnership with Intuitive Machines, a Houston-based aerospace company.
Races in the lunar dunes.
In a recent press release, Intuitive Machines prides itself on being able to become the “First private aerospace company to land on the moon”. Cars will only occupy 8% of the 100kg payload on this tour. The rest is dedicated to NASA as part of the CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) program. The American space agency is preparing the ground by hoping to welcome astronauts to the Moon by 2024. Remote-controlled cars, for their part, will travel the sand dunes of Oceanus Procellarum on the surface of the Moon.
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These vehicles were designed by students from across the United States. In all, 6 teams are preparing their cars. Following a series of challenges, the top 2 teams will get a chance to design and pilot two lunar vehicles. Todd Wallach, CTO of Moon Mark, explains: “The teams will have visuals, telemetry and almost real-time control and command of the racing cars”. As for the layout of the track for the races, it is Herman Tilke, known to be the creator of many circuits of motorsport, in particular most of the recent circuits used in the framework of the Formula 1 World Championship, who will take care of it. After e-sport, discover remote control car races on the Moon.