Lunar Railroad conceptA futuristic Lunar Railroad. AI-generated by DALL-E

Northrop Grumman has been chosen by DARPA to develop a Lunar Railroad concept.

Northrop Grumman Corporation will commit to a feasibility study of a train network on the moon as part of the broader 10-year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) Capability Study.

This moon-based railroad would be capable of transporting people, goods, and resources for commercial activities across the lunar surface, helping to establish a space economy for the United States and its international partners.

Northrop Grumman’s study aims to:

Determine the connections and resources needed to construct a lunar railway network.
Compile a crucial list of potential challenges related to cost, technology, and logistics.
Propose prototypes, demonstrations, and analyses for the design and structure of a fully functional lunar rail system.
Investigate methods for building and managing the system using robotics, including tasks like land grading, laying tracks, maintenance, and repair.

Chris Adams, vice president and general manager, of strategic space systems, Northrop Grumman:

“This investment in key developmental research keeps our technology at the forefront of next generation solutions. With our proven experience in the integration of complex systems and commercialized autonomous services, we will continue to create lasting change for a sustainable space ecosystem.”

source Northrop Grumman