In a collaborative effort to support NASA’s Artemis Program to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 – the Detroit Regional Partnership is working with NASA and the Johnson Space Center to heighten awareness with “Top-Tier” Detroit-based automotive and transportation leaders uniquely positioned to support the development of the new Lunar ”˜Space’ Rover.

The Lunar Rover, an exploration vehicle that moves across the surface of the moon will be driven by the Artemis astronauts to “take the next giant leap” with innovative technologies to reach NASA’s science objectives.

NASA will collaborate with their commercial and international partners to establish a sustainable lunar exploration by 2028.

The Detroit Regional Partnership, a leading economic development organization serving Southeast Michigan’s 11-county region, is working in alliance with the Johnson Space Center, Greater Houston Partnership, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to raise awareness about NASA’s Request for Information (RFI) amongst Detroit Michigan business leaders.

The RFI presents a winning opportunity to partner with the Houston, Texas community – a leader in energy, and aerospace offering strong infrastructure and support.

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Motor City Partners with Space City to Recruit Suppliers for New NASA Lunar Rover



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NASA says it recognizes the value that the Detroit automotive ecosystem could bring to the Artemis Program.

The Detroit Regional Partnership and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are working with NASA to help the space agency identify potential supplier partners for a new lunar rover vehicle for the Artemis Program whose goal is to return people to the moon by 2024.

“The Detroit region stands ready to support NASA and the Johnson Space Center with their mission that will greatly benefit mankind and the Detroit economy,” says Barry I. Matherly, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. “Detroit put the world on wheels and as a leader in the automotive industry for over 100 years, we want to collaborate for the next giant leap to drive the ultimate SUV on the Moon.”

NASA says it recognizes the value that the Detroit automotive ecosystem could bring to the Artemis Program. NASA and Detroit-based companies partnered to develop and manufacture key technology that allowed the United States to win the race to the moon. Area engineers also played a role in the development of the original Apollo lunar rover in the early 1970s.

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