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GM, Lockheed Martin Space shoot for the moon in new partnership

The companies will work on vehicles that astronauts will drive on the moon.

LITTLETON, Colo. — The Colorado company building the spaceship returning U.S. astronauts to the moon has teamed with the country’s biggest automaker to create the cars they’ll drive there.

Lockheed Martin Space, the Jefferson County-based division of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMTY) revealed Wednesday that it’s working with General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) to develop vehicles for U.S. astronauts to use to explore the lunar surface.

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“This alliance brings together powerhouse innovation from both companies to make a transformative class of vehicles,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president who leads Lockheed Martin Space, in a press release. “Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity’s understanding of our place in the solar system.”

Lockheed Martin Space will lead the project.

The 21,000-employee company designs and builds the Orion spacecraft for NASA. Orion capsules will fly astronauts for the agency’s Artemis moon missions, which aim to land U.S. astronauts on the moon as soon as 2024.

> Read the full story at the Denver Business Journal.