Elon Musk is planning to race remote-controlled cars on the moon by 2021. Two different teams of high school students are participating in this event.
As per recent reports, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk is planning to race remote-controlled cars on the moon. The aerospace company has plans to introduce the vehicles in October next year aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. To create these special remote-controlled cars, SpaceX has assigned a legendary car designer named Frank Stephenson. Frank has worked with some big automakers around the world like BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren and so on.
According to a statement published last month, the two remote-controlled cars, which will participate in the race will be partially built, designed and raced by two teams of high school students. Moreover, this race will be organised by Moon Mark, which is a multimedia and education content company, and it got into partnership with an aerospace company named as Intuitive Machines.
According to Frank Stephenson, "This is a project helping to develop the innovators of the future, allowing them to dream big and realize that nothing is impossible."
"Space is a fascinating place, remaining untapped for budding designers, and I am very much looking forward to sharing some of my knowledge to those involved in this innovative project," he added.
Mary L. Hagy, Moon Mark Founder and CEO said: "His extraordinary experience and talents in automotive and aerospace design will bring insight and inspiration to our young innovators."
The statement also said that the space tech firm Lunar Outpost also joined the racing partnership on 17th November. The legendary car designer, Frank Stephenson has accepted the SpaceX offer, and he is now the race design director for Moon Mark Mission 2021. The two teams participating in this race had to first pass the design round. Back in July this year, two different teams of high school students created a valid car design in just a month. The first team is named as “Team Atlas” from Buenos Aires and the second team is “Team I1star” from Shanghai. According to the statement both the teams faced problems regarding drone and autonomous vehicle racing, e-gaming, and a space commercialization entrepreneurship contest.