Teledyne, Sierra Space and Nissan design next-generation lunar terrain vehicle for NASA

Teledyne, Sierra Space and Nissan design next-generation lunar terrain vehicle for NASA

Press release From: Teledyne Brown Engineering
Posted: Wednesday April 6th 2022

Teledyne Brown Engineering announced today at the 37and Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, that he 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 nearly seven decades of experience in space hardware design and development, Teledyne Brown Engineering will lead the program management, engineering, manufacturing, integration, operations and power system effort. . The company recently designed, built and delivered the first of 3 launcher stage adapters for NASA’s Artemis vehicle, which is scheduled for initial launch in early summer. Additionally, Teledyne Brown Engineering’s ongoing efforts to propel technology into space resulted in the design, construction and operation of the Multi User Sensor for Earth Sensing platform, one of the first initiatives commercial uses of the International Space Station. As a prime contractor, Teledyne has performed payload integration and operations work for NASA for over 40 years for Space Shuttle missions and for International Space Station payloads. Teledyne has also provided power systems for the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers currently in service on Mars.

“Teledyne Brown Engineering built the first lunar rover prototype for Dr. Wernher von Braun in the 1960s and we have since supported nearly every major United States. human space mission,” said Reggie Spivey, vice president of the company’s Space Systems Group. “We are proud to continue our expanded presence in space and are excited about the opportunity to carry the first woman and person of color to the surface of the moon.”

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

“Sierra Space is firmly positioned at the forefront of the development of the new space economy and the commercialization of space, and this team has all the right ingredients to design the definitive lunar field vehicle for Artemis astronauts. on the moon,” five-year-old Steve Lindsey said. multiple-time astronaut and Chief Strategy Officer, Sierra Space. “NASA has already developed a business partnership model for low Earth orbit crew and cargo transport services – including our Dream Chaser spaceplane for cargo resupply to the International Space Station – and this LTV team is ready to answer the call as the agency expands this business model to transport astronauts to the lunar surface.

Nissan North America, Inc. brings to the team a heritage of automotive design, innovation and capability. The automaker offers deep knowledge of autonomous driving and intelligent vehicle systems as the cornerstone of safer, seamless and more integrated technology as it empowers the future of mobility. With four manufacturing plants in the United States capable of producing 1 million vehicles, 1.4 million engines, 1.4 million forgings and 456,000 castings per year, Nissan remains committed to investing, manufacturing and creating Jobs in America, as it employs more than 20,000 people in facilities across the United States.

“Participation in this project extends our industry’s technology and design capabilities to space technology, and vice versa,” said Maarten Sierhuis, Global Alliance Director of Nissan’s Alliance Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley. , in California. “With this partnership, we will explore the possibilities of autonomy and teleoperations, power management systems, vehicle connectivity and human-machine interface to help shape the future of intelligent lunar rovers. We will then translate these teachings from the LTV operating on the lunar surface to Earth. »

Textron Specialized Vehicles brings its Arctic Cat Off Road capabilities to the team for chassis design, vehicle dynamics and suspension management. Arctic Cat has a rich history of innovative vehicle performance and precision engineering. Other strategic teammates include Relative Dynamics with experience in space communications systems; and QSTC (formerly AQST) with communications, wheel control and traction capabilities to complete the Teledyne team.

“We believe we have created a dynamic, cutting edge and proven team for this effort,” said Scott Hall, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering. “Together, this team will provide a robust, versatile and intuitive vehicle to support our future in space.”

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About Teledyne Brown Engineering

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

About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

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

About Sierra Space

Sierra Space ( is a leading commercial space company with more than 30 years and 500 spaceflight legacy missions seeking 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 three-story modular science and commercial habitation platform. Designed for the booming LEO market, the company is also making rapid progress toward the planned early 2023 launch of the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, the world’s only winged commercial space vehicle. Dream Chaser is reusable and one of a kind for 1.5g soft re-entry for crew and cargo transport with the ability to land on existing commercial airport runways. The Dream Chaser spaceplane and LIFE platform are central elements of the Orbital Reef commercial space station and mixed-use business park, being developed in partnership with Blue Origin.

About Nissan USA

For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitterr and LinkedIn and discover all our latest videos on YouTube.

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