SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Take First All-Electric Audi Vehicle To Space

Posted: Nov 30 2016, 8:54pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
SpaceX Falcon 9 Will Take First All-Electric Audi Vehicle to Space
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  • Audi’s first EV will not be driven on Earth but on the Moon

The Audi lunar Quattro rover will be shipped to the moon by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by end of 2017

The world had been anxiously waiting for Audi’s first ever all-electric vehicle to be driven on the home planet’s roads. Alas that will not be the case. Audi’s first ever all EV will be driven on the moon before on earth.

While all eyes were on Audi’s first commercial all-electric vehicle; the 2018 quattro e-tron, they finished their moon rover. Audi just announced they have completed work on their first electric vehicle being called the “Audi lunar quattro” rover.

The German automaker has made the rover based on their e-tron tech. The powertrain in the rover is also used in its “normal” electric vehicle programs. The rover was built by Audi in partnership with a group of engineers.

The team being called “Part-Time Scientists” was participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, which is a challenge to land a privately-funded rover on the surface of the moon. The aim of the rover is to drive on the surface of the moon for 500 meters and send back pictures of the landscape.

According to the Part-Time Scientists they have already entered a deal with the private aerospace company Spaceflight Inc. so their rover can hitch a ride to the moon. The rover will take 385,000 km trip to the Moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which will be launched by the end of 2017, according to Electrek.

Robert Bohme who is the CEO of Part-Time Scientists group announced they are very testing their rover. The group still has to design and develop the transport and landing spacecraft since they have secured their spot on the rocket.

The group is also focusing on building an autonomous landing and navigation module called ALINA. Audi appointed 16 of their experts to help build the Audi lunar quattrorover.

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