Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows portable observatory

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 21, 2018

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

"The Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept allows observations to take place in very remote places, avoiding light pollution, while also transporting telescopes safely and easily", says ESA's senior mission planner for Gaia.

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.

Displayed alongside it is the Navara N-Guard, a more rugged version - inspired by the EnGuard Concept (pictured below) - of the truck that's on sale in Europe.

If you've ever wanted to go on a trail and then gaze into the starry night sky, well Nissan's latest concept pickup is ideal for you.

Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Nissan's light commercial vehicle business, said, "We are creating the best solutions for the next frontiers of business, empowering our customers to go anywhere, no matter how complex the commercial needs". All these systems enable the Navara to maneuver the telescope trailer into the best position, giving astronomers the best view of distant galaxies.

The trailer, which has a mechanised roof to protect the telescope and allow access when stargazing, contains a state-of-the-art Planewave telescope and other astronomical equipment, with a battery pack in both the vehicle and the trailer catering for the additional electrical needs over the car's battery. It also features the brand's Intelligent Around View Monitor system, Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Towing Hitch Alignment. The Double Cab receives dark blue leather and orange highlights, while the 2.3-litre diesel four-cylinder remains unchanged, still producing 187 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. It also uses red interior lighting to minimise any effects on people's night vision, since red light affects it the least.

Nissan turned the Navara pickup into a mobile observatory. When docked in place, the battery packs are constantly in charging mode and ready for use.

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