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US unveils ambitious plan for futuristic moon train to revolutionize lunar transport

A railway network on moon seems like an impossible project, but it could become reality
  • The US just stepped up its game big time with a futuristic plan – a moon railway system.
  • The US, with the help of DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation, is making this happen as part of the Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) Capability Study.
  • The goal is to make it easier for companies and countries to travel and do exploration on the moon.

Published on Apr 10, 2024 at 1:41PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 10, 2024 at 5:33PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
Northrop Grumman project to run train on moon

Exploring the moon has been a big deal for countries worldwide for a long time now.

It’s as if there’s a big competition to see who can learn the most about the moon and use it to their advantage.

To be fair – there is, that competition is real.

Well, now the US just stepped up that competition massively with a futuristic plan – a moon railway system!

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Just picture a train cruising across the moon, carrying people, stuff, and all sorts of things to different spots. This isn’t just a dream anymore; it’s a real plan that could change how we travel on the moon.

The USA, with the help of DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation, is making this happen as part of the Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) Capability Study.

The goal? To make it easier for companies and countries to travel and do exploration on the moon.

Northrop Grumman’s job is to figure out how to build this moon railway.

They’re looking into all the details, answering questions about what tools we will need, as well as how to deal with any problems that might arise.

And get this – they’re even thinking about using robots to help build and run the railway.

In a statement, the company said: “The envisioned lunar railroad network could transport humans, supplies, and resources for commercial ventures across the lunar surface – contributing to a space economy for the United States and international partners.”

Northop Grumman also explained how it will ‘explore concepts for constructing and operating the system with robotics, including grading and foundation preparation, track placement and alignment, joining and finishing, inspection, maintenance and repair.’

Chris Adams, Northup Grumman vice president and general manager of strategic space systems, says this project is a big deal because it’s all about exploring new frontiers and making remarkable technology.

He seems super excited about it, and honestly, who wouldn’t be?

So, why is a moon train such a big deal?

Well, imagine how much easier it’ll be to get around on the moon with a railway.

It’ll save a ton of money and make things way simpler for people working up there.

Plus, it could open up the moon for all sorts of fancy stuff, like space tourism or finding new resources.

So, as the US gears up to build this awesome moon train, it’s clear that the future of space exploration is looking pretty exciting.

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