“We need a relatively flat place to land, but scientists like boulders and craters, we need to get humans from the flat place to the boulders, plus equipment and samples to take back,” said Kirk Shireman, vice president for the Lockheed Martin Lunar Exploration Campaign. “How do you take a sample of lunar ice and bring it home? That’s why we’re collaborating.”
And these activities don’t just benefit people in space. It all helps down here on Earth too.
“There are lots of applications, and we’re looking at more than one vehicle,” said Jeff Ryder vice president, growth and strategy for GM Defense. “There are lots of missions, lots of experiments to perform. Whether is traversing lunar surface, completing science missions, we see lots of applications for mobility. It all comes back to earth, our battery knowhow, it’s valuable to our current portfolio and future road map.”