Neither Ford nor General Motors. Much less Tesla, Rivian or the giants of Japan. Quietly, Canoo won permission to provide NASA with the vehicles for the crew of the Artemis program. There will be three units of its electric van that the American manufacturer will deliver to the space agency for the next manned trip to the Moon.
The astronauts will board the cars as soon as they arrive at their accommodations at the Kennedy Space Center, which the US space agency has in Florida. The cars will take them to launch pad 39B, where the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft will await.
As reported by the POT, the vehicles will be designed “to carry fully equipped astronauts” through the nine miles (14.5 km). That’s the distance from the Neil Armstrong Checkout and Operations Building to the launch site.
“The new vehicles will be based on the company’s all-electric Lifestyle Vehicle (LV) models, tailored to the unique needs of NASA,” he said. Among other features, they must seat eight people, including four fully equipped crew members, he noted.
NASA stressed that the electric vehicle represents “an environmentally friendly solution, with zero-emission technology.” The Canoo LVs will replace the Airstream Astrovan fleet that the agency had since 1983.
In addition to transporting the astronauts, the US space agency’s new cars will also be used to support pre-launch operations. They will also serve for training and takeoff countdown rehearsals, he said. The delivery date is expected for June 2023.
“The Artemis missions will deliver the first woman and the first black person to the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore its surface. With what has been learned there, NASA will take the next great leap: send the first astronauts to Mars”, he concluded.
The Canoo LV It is available on the firm’s website from $34,750 dollars and its premiere is expected sometime in 2022. The manufacturer promises a range of 250 miles (402 km), power of 350 hp and an interior space of 188 cubic feet (about 5,300 liters).