Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Nissan Turned Navara Pickup Into Mobile Observatory

Nissan Turned Navara Pickup Into Mobile Observatory

According to the automaker, both models highlight Nissan's versatility in Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), where conversions have seen a massive 300% growth in the past three years.

NISSAN has unveiled a concept with a difference - a Navara pick-up that can operate as a mobile astronomy lab.

Nissan has revealed the Navara Dark Sky Concept - a highly modified version of its Navara pick-up created to transport astronomers to remote locations to observe the night sky. This is because the special trailer it is towing houses a high-power PlaneWave telescope.

These Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies work together to make the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept the most intelligent pickup in its class for towing.

'The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a brilliant example of Nissan serving as an authentic partner, empowering our customers to go anywhere, ' said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice-president of Nissan's light commercial vehicle business. It also uses red interior lighting to minimise any effects on people's night vision, since red light affects it the least.

Any cosmologists among you looking for a new ride will probably be disappointed, though, as the Dark Sky Concept will be donated to ESA for on-going research, and won't be put on sale. "Telescopes like the one in the trailer are needed in studies of planets and stars in our galaxy, allowing Earth-based follow-up campaigns enabled by the Gaia data". ESA says this telescope is powerful enough to get detailed views beyond the rings of Saturn. "The Navara Dark Sky Concept allows observations to take place in very remote places, avoiding light pollution, while also transporting telescopes safely and easily".

And perhaps there are no more complex needs than those of professional astronomers.

Inside, the Navara is packed with Nissan's ProPILOT driving assistant technology which provides autonomous-like driving capability, while the seats are uniquely trimmed to match the space explore theme.

Nissan's 2.3-litre diesel powertrain remains unchanged on the concept, with 187bhp and 332lb ft of torque on tap.

The second puzzle piece of this concept, the Navara pickup, stands as burly and ready to go as the trailer. Radar sensors and cameras scan the terrain for the right location to park and stabilize the trailer.

The concept was revealed at the Hannover Motor Show.

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