On man’s first visit to the Moon, the astronauts relied solely on their training for the lack of gravity there to move. In subsequent missions, the astronauts used a baggy vehicle to travel longer distances from where they had landed.
But then the manned missions to our natural satellite stopped and with them the construction of transport and exploration vehicles in worlds outside the Earth was stopped. But NASA ‘s new manned mission to the Moon has sparked a resurgence of interest in vehicles that astronauts will use while there. The designs of some vehicles that are under construction have already been presented. These are smaller and larger vehicles for transporting astronauts that on the one hand offer safety to passengers while at the same time offer great opportunities for exploration.
The German company Hookie presented its own proposal for the movement of astronauts to other planets. It is a motorcycle designed to move in environments such as the Moon and Mars. The manufacturers named the motorcycle “Tardigrade” which is the English name for the slow-moving, aquatic tiny articulated animals that have been found to be able to survive in extremely extreme conditions. It is an electric vehicle that moves at a speed of about 15 km / h.
The battery of the motorcycle gives it autonomy for about 110 km. It is made of the lightest materials and so its total weight does not exceed 135 kg. The wheels do not contain air, they are made of carbon and are protected by an aluminum mesh that allows the motorcycle to move on any kind of terrain and to face all kinds of surfaces and obstacles. The motorcycle is disassembled and reassembled very easily in case such a need arises during a mission.
The initial inspiration for the space motorcycle was the Russian designer Andrew Fabishevsky, whose designs caught the attention of Hookie, who proceeded to implement the idea. At the moment, at least, there is no question of using the motorcycle in any of the upcoming manned missions to the Moon, and until someone decides to take it with them out of Earth, it will be an exhibit in a car museum in Los Angeles.