Andrew Fabishevskiy, a Moscow-based automotive and industrial designer, has created a concept design for a lunar motorcycle and hopes to build a full-size prototype.
Inspired by the Lunar Rover Vehicle used on Apollo 15, 16 and 17, Fabishevskiy took the notion (opens in new tab) of a simple electric bike and conceptualized a trellis framework that would contain the battery and integral component parts.
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According to Fabishevskiy, the idea came about following a challenge on Instagram. After that, he made a three-dimensional model and those images were seen by someone from a specialist motorcycle design company, based in Dresden, Germany, called Hookie Co.
"He suggested collaboration to build this project in reality," Fabishevskiy told Space.com.
"The main design theme of this motorcycle is to make an object that looks like clear engineering, with minimum styling elements. Electric suspension and electric in-wheels motors. I wanted to make a visually light object, such lightness is characteristic of machines designed for space, as well as the combination of materials that I used – lots of white and reflective materials."
We've seen some pretty spectacular interpretations of what transport on the lunar surface might look like in the future, from Moon rover chases with space pirates in "Ad Astra" to those bigger, beautiful rovers in "Moon," but we've never seen or even contemplated moonbikes. As such, we're not 100% of the practicality, but they sure as heck look cool.
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