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Teledyne, Sierra Space and Nissan Designing Next-Generation Lunar Terrain Vehicle for NASA

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — April 5, 2022 — Teledyne Brown Engineering announced today, at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, that it is leading a team including partners Sierra Space and Nissan North America, to design the crewed Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) that will support future exploration on the moon.

With almost seven decades of space hardware design and development experience, Teledyne Brown Engineering will lead the effort in providing program management, engineering, manufacturing, integration, operations, and the power system.  The company recently designed, built, and delivered the first of 3 Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters of NASA’s Artemis Vehicle, scheduled for initial launch early this summer. In addition, Teledyne Brown Engineering’s continuous efforts to propel technology in space resulted in the design, build and operation of the Multi User Sensor for Earth Sensing platform, one of the first commercial initiatives using the International Space Station.  As the Prime Contractor, Teledyne has performed Payload Operations and Integration work for NASA for over 40 years for Space Shuttle missions and for  International Space Station payloads. Teledyne also provided power systems for the Curiosity and  Perseverance Rovers, currently operating on Mars.

“Teledyne Brown Engineering built the first lunar rover prototype for Dr. Wernher von Braun in the  1960’s and we have subsequently supported almost every major U.S. human rated space mission,” stated Reggie Spivey, Vice President of the company’s Space Systems Group.   “We are proud to continue our extensive presence in space and are excited at the possibility of transporting the first woman and person of color on the surface of the moon.”

Sierra Space, with a strong record in space advancements, will provide flight software, space qualified mechanisms, communications, pointing, navigation, and timing for the LTV.  Their Dream Chaser® vehicle, which will perform cargo supply and return missions for NASA to and from the International Space Station, is just a part of their robust portfolio, which also includes the LIFE™ (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) habitat used to support astronauts and science experiments in space.

“Sierra Space is firmly situated at the forefront of developing the new space economy and the commercialization of space, and this team has all of the right ingredients to design the definitive Lunar Terrain Vehicle for Artemis astronauts on the Moon,” said Steve Lindsey, five-time astronaut and Chief Strategy Officer, Sierra Space. “NASA has already developed a commercial partnership model for crew and cargo transport services in low Earth orbit – including our Dream Chaser spaceplane for cargo resupply at the International Space Station – and this LTV team is ready to answer the call as the agency extends that commercial model to astronaut transportation on the lunar surface.”

Textron Specialized Vehicles brings their Arctic Cat Off Road capabilities for chassis design, vehicle dynamics and suspension handling to the team. Arctic Cat possesses a rich history of innovative vehicle performance and precision engineering. Other strategic teammates include Relative Dynamics with space communications system experience; and QSTC (formerly AQST) with communication, wheel, and traction control capabilities to round out the Teledyne Team.

“We feel that we have created a dynamic, cutting edge and proven team for this effort,” stated Scott Hall, President of Teledyne Brown Engineering.  “Together this team will deliver a rugged, versatile and intuitive vehicle to support our future in space.” 

About Teledyne Brown Engineering

Teledyne Brown Engineering is an industry leader in full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions for harsh environments in space, defense, energy, and maritime industries. For almost seven decades, the company has successfully delivered innovative systems, integration, operations and technology development worldwide. For more information about Teledyne Brown Engineering visit: www.tbe.com.

About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies’ website at www.teledyne.com.

About Sierra Space

Sierra Space (www.sierraspace.com) is a leading commercial space company with more than 30 years and 500 missions of space flight heritage looking to lead the new space economy and benefit life on Earth. Sierra Space is the developer of the Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFETM) Habitat, a modular, three-story commercial habitation and science platform. Designed for the burgeoning LEO marketplace, the company is also rapidly advancing toward the expected early 2023 launch of the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, the world’s only winged commercial space vehicle. Dream Chaser is reusable and uniquely capable of a smooth,1.5 low-g re-entry for crew and cargo transportation with the ability to land on existing commercial airport runways. The Dream Chaser spaceplane and LIFE platform are central components of the Orbital Reef commercial space station and mixed-use business park, under development in joint partnership with Blue Origin.

About Nissan U.S.

For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissanusa.com. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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