GM Was Involved in the Apollo Space Program
Tech in the auto industry is the new wave of today. Because of this, we want to set the record straight. Advancing technology is not something new for GM. GM has been pushing the boundaries of science beyond the automotive industry since its inception -including space exploration. Yeah, you read that right.
During the 60's, GM invented two major systems for NASA: The inertial guidance and navigation systems for the entire Apollo moon program and the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Both inventions were pivotal to space exploration and manned moon missions.
GM's AC Electronics Division had been working on the inertial guidance systems decades before NASA came to GM, so the partnership made sense. Meanwhile, GM's Delco Electronics Division was tasked with developing the Lunar Roving Vehicle (the LRV). The team developed a lot of different concepts - some without wheels - before settling on the LRV with wheels.
The LRV could carry a 1080 lbs payload and weighed only 457 pounds. It was also foldable, enabling it to shrink for transportation. The team tested it in extreme conditions and confirmed it successfully operated at temperatures twice as hot as the Sahara, and twice as cold as the Arctic.