Canoo Transporting NASA Astronauts, Too

Canoo should be doing one thing proper — it has accomplished an amazing job touchdown notable US authorities contracts, which isn’t simple to do. We reported on the U.S. Division of Protection (DOD) ordering Canoo electrical autos again in December and February. Just a few days in the past, I wrote that the partnership with the DOD was already increasing. Now we even have information that Canoo has landed a contract with NASA.

Canoo lately delivered three Crew Transportation Automobiles (CTVs) to NASA’s Kennedy House Heart in Florida. “These autos will transport the astronauts to the launch pad for the Artemis lunar missions,” the corporate writes.

How cool do they give the impression of being?

“We’re thrilled to be part of the Artemis missions and to ship NASA’s first zero-emission constructed for mission crew transportation autos,” says Tony Aquila, Chairman and CEO, Canoo. “It’s a really proud day for Canoo and all of our companions who labored so exhausting to make sure we carry out our half to move the astronauts for the primary 9 miles of each launch.”

Now, let’s be sincere — this isn’t probably the most rigorous transportation service requirement. The Canoo EVs don’t have to drive on the moon or throughout a desert. They’re transporting astronauts 9 miles. (Now that I give it some thought, I’m curious what they do the remainder of the time.) It’s extra of a stupendous advertising alternative than the rest (which once more makes me surprise what connections the Canoo management staff has). Nonetheless, it does include some specialised wants and circumstances.

“The CTVs are engineered to hold totally suited astronauts, flight assist crew, and gear to the launch pad,” the corporate writes. “The autos have an unique inside and exterior design that may present astronaut and crew consolation and security whereas on the nine-mile journey to the launch pad at Kennedy House Heart.” The photographs above are simply computer-generated visualizations. Canoo will present precise inside and exterior pictures of the CTVs later this 12 months.

What’s Artemis II, by the best way? Good query — for these of us who don’t comply with area information intently, that’s most likely a little bit of a thriller. Right here’s the reply, through Canoo: “The Artemis II is the primary crewed mission that’s a part of NASA’s plan to determine a long-term presence on the Moon for science and exploration. The ten-day flight will check NASA’s foundational human deep area exploration capabilities, the House Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, for the primary time with astronauts.”

Naturally, as cool as it’s that Canoo EVs will transport NASA astronauts 9 miles to the Kennedy House Heart, it’s seemingly they’ll bear in mind their subsequent automobile a lot better. The spaceship they’ll journey in might want to journey greater than 240,000 miles to the moon.


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