• Jan 26, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of the NASA Lunar Rover concept

NASA paraded its Small Pressurized Rover Concept down the streets of the presidential inauguration last week, and it looks like they're fans of Michael Bay. The lunar rover, which is a rear canopy and a couple of struts away from being the Armadillo drilling unit from the movie Armageddon, is about the size of a pickup truck, and has twelve wheels.

NASA has its eyes on the moon in 2020, and this is the vehicle that will host a succession of astronauts, in pairs, as they explore the lunar cheese surface. The pressurized cabin behind the two spacesuits is an RV that can be lived in for two weeks at a time, driven 625 miles on a charge, get up to 6 mph and climb 40-degree inclines. Predicting the technology we'll be using then, the rover contains a plasma energy chamber and comes equipped with a top-mounted pulse laser battle cannon. Ok, not really. But it should... Check out the gallery of images below.


[Source: Engadget]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Did the contractor throw in a free set of floormats?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, best to call shotgun, or yer ridin' in the suits hanging out the back!

      I love that they are doing this. Having this spaceRV is extremely important for the moon, b/c the moon is pretty much training ground for Mars...where it might be possible to someday (far far away) colonize.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The Chariot"..... and not "Armadillo"?????
      • 6 Years Ago
      One can only hope they'll be unofficially calling this thing "The Chariot".
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh wow.

      does this mean theres an asteroid hurling towards earth??
        • 6 Years Ago
        F the Bible, and the Mayan calendar.. Armageddon holds the truth.. but only if Aerosmith is still around.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If we support our supositions in the fact that Morgan Freeman was President in Deep Impact, maybe....
      • 6 Years Ago
      they should've just painted Tumbler white :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like your thinking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And its still using a push-rod engine and a solid rear axel. When will they learn???
      • 6 Years Ago
      I call shotgun
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strictly badass. I am already excited about the Constellation Program.

      And then onto Mars itself :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Constellation program is step backward in my opinion. They should have concentrated on a second generation shuttle, instead of rehashing an old Apollo design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now all we need is Bruce Willis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually agree on the Armadillo.

      And despite what I said I'm not that old. ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      N-ring time?
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