Preparations are currently underway for Artemis I, the uncrewed flight that's supposed to validate both the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion capsule that will take astronauts to the Moon. Artemis I is expected to take place this year. If everything goes well, a crewed mission is scheduled for 2024.
Until then, astronauts have to thoroughly prepare for the historic journey. Crew comfort, safety, and functionality are just a few of the factors that will determine the mission's success. NASA announced that Canoo EVs will replace the fleet of modified Airstream trailers known as Astrovan.
Three futuristic vehicles with pod-shaped exteriors will shuttle the fully suited astronauts, their support team, and their equipment from the crew quarters to the launch pad. It's a nine-mile (14.4 km) trip, and it will be all electric.
The vehicles will be based on Canoo's all-electric LV model, which looks similar to a minivan with a spacious interior. The transport will be designed to fit NASA's requirements. The agency says that the futuristic-looking EV will be an eight-seater and will also have space to fit inside four fully suited astronauts.
In addition to their primary role, the vehicles will also be used in training, as well as to support other prelaunch activities and launch countdown rehearsal tests. The fleet is expected to arrive at the spaceport in June 2023.
?????????? When @NASA's #Artemis astronauts leave crew quarters for their lunar missions, they will ride to Launch Complex 39B in a new fleet of futuristic crew transportation vehicles provided by Canoo Technologies Inc. Learn more: https://t.co/hHO670MNKy pic.twitter.com/4Gx5nl71Yv— NASA's Kennedy Space Center (@NASAKennedy) April 13, 2022