'Audi lunar quattro' rover is ready to explore the most difficult terrains of all to explore the Moon. The announcement was made by the German Space travel Team“Part-Time Scientists” at the Audi City In Berlin. The team will complete 3,85,000 km trip to the moon from the end of 2017, with the help of launcher booked with Spaceflight Inc, who is an early technology partner and ambassador of 'Part-Time Scientists'. The German carmaker will take care of the publicity for the project and is in discussion with other companies to come on board.
In 2015, Audi and the German group of Engineers announced their partnership for this project. The main objective of the project is to bring the technological expertise of both partners in getting rover, which will travel to the moon for the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. A total of 16 Audi experts along with a 'Part Time Scientists will help in the technical areas and has optimized the rover for the Lunar Mission. Audi will be contributing its experience in the quattro technology and knowledge of lightweight construction . In addition, the carmaker will give its expertise and design based on the e-tron vehicles. This will help the Berlin-based team in the development of the unmanned lunar vehicle.
Audi's experts have been working extensively on the rover's all-wheel-drive system. For stability and increase in contact surface the experts have enlarged the rover and the wheels. Experts has also reduced the weight of the rover from 38 kg to 30 kg by adopting the mix of different yet lighter materials and 3D printing. For exploring the moon, the Audi lunar quattro will have four cameras which will help maneuver, examine objects and take 3D and 360°pictures.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a travel competition, which brings together the engineers and entrepreneurs globally. For winning the competition, a private team must get a rover on the moon and navigate at least 500 meters on the lunar surface after which the team will send high-resolution pictures back to earth for the completion of the competition.