Michelin selected as part of feasibility study for lunar vehicle

Houston, TX – NASA recently announced that the Moon RACER team, of which Michelin is a part, has been selected for the Phase 1 feasibility study of the ARTEMIS project.

This project, entitled “Lunar Terrain Vehicle Phase 1 Feasibility Study” , aims to design a lunar vehicle capable of operating in extreme conditions on the Moon and for 10 years.

In addition to Michelin, the team led by Intuitive Machines also includes AVL, Boeing and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Michelin will use its expertise in airless tires and its knowledge of high-tech materials to design a lunar wheel capable of withstanding extreme temperatures (above 100°C and below -240°C), solar and galactic radiation, all preserving the rover’s battery life and ensuring maximum traction on aggressive soft ground.

The developments carried out as part of this project will enable Michelin to continue to innovate in land applications.