As stated previously, Toyota is the company with the most debt worldwide.Toyota's previous CEO. The company founder's grandson was push aside recently after years of Toyota slow walking developing an BEV of their own, cheating on car emissions and lobbying governments worldwide against banning ICE vehicles. Also the previous CEO is the chairman of the Japanese automobile Manufacturering Association, stills wield influence over all Japanese car manufacturer against EV adaption.
1000km battery range is feasible and then you can easily recharge just with some lightweight solar arrays (or pre-placed solar/battery powered recharging stations).
Wouldn't recharging a big battery pack like that take a really long time with solar, unless you had a huge array? ...
= Effective charge rate: 370w/m2- Rover solar panel size 2x3m (e.g., ROSA) = 6m2= Effective total charge rate: 2.2kW/hrSo what does a charge rate of 2.2kWH get you in terms of range?
I can't find the video, but somebody posted an interview with one of the Dynetics program managers, who talked in passing about ALPACA's ability to accommodate a lunar rover docking directly with the low-slung crew module. That would allow shirtsleeve transfer of the crew from a lander to a hab. Nice feature--and certainly a case for pressurized rover.But not necessarily a pressurized rover with hundreds of km of range.
Was ALPACA carrying rover and crew or just ability to transfer crew to rover already on surface.
The mass of a sarcophagus to shield modern electronics from radiation is heavier than if you just use vacuum tubes. There is no way a vehicle can roll down a ramp from Starship’s cargo bay to the lunar surface. Everything being.dreamed of has to have its own descent and landing capability.
Quote from: TrevorMonty on 03/21/2023 08:25 pmWas ALPACA carrying rover and crew or just ability to transfer crew to rover already on surface.The latter--the rover would come out to pick up the crew and take them to the hab (or vice versa).I'm not sure that ALPACA would have enough clearance to drop a human-habitable rover in one mission. Maybe a "rollerskate" in one mission and a hab to fit on top of it in another? But that would require a way for the rollerskate to winch the hab into position.