October 09, 2018
Nissan vans have revealed a concept version of the Nissan Navara pick-up. Badged the Dark Sky, the pick-up has been developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency!
The latest concept based on the Nissan Navara pick-up was revealed at the IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, the Dark Sky Concept is a chunky and bold update of the Navara double cab which adds a custom-built trailer with a telescope which turns the pick-up into a mobile observatory. Designed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Dark Sky concept is designed to make its way off-road to so-called ‘Dark Sky’ areas; these regions aren’t subject to light pollution common in urban areas, making it easier to view the stars in the sky.
Nissan vans have incorporated their Intelligent Mobility philosophy into the design of the Dark Sky concept pick-up, giving it an uprated selection of driver aids which have been adapted to cater for the four-meter long trailer which has been developed specially for the concept. The brand have also included their ProPILOT driving assistant with adaptive cruise control and lane assist, also included in the Nissan Navara Dark Sky is the 360-degree Around view camera system from the Navara Tekna model, blind spot monitoring and a self-hitching trailer system.
Another feature of the new pick-up is an auxiliary power system which uses battery packs similar to those found in the Nissan Leaf electric car. The pack ensures that power is available wherever the telescope is set up, even in the most remote of locations. Users are helped locate their position and transmit data courtesy of Wi-fi, a UHF transmitter, laptop station and eight radar units around the pick-up.
Mechanically the Nissan Navara is unchanged win the Dark Sky concept, however it does receive a custom paint job, bigger wheels and tyres, a ride height which has been raised and custom roof rails and roll bar in the bed of the pick-up. Inside the Navara Dark Sky concept you’ll find dark blue leather with orange highlights, whilst red lights are fitted around the pick-up so that drivers can navigate in the dark without affecting their ability to use the telescope. The paint job and wheels also get applied to the trailer which is temperature controlled with the aim of keeping the telescope at optimum temperature to operate. Mechanical covers open to reveal the 40cm PlaneWave telescope which is powerful enough to decipher the rings of Saturn. The aim of the Nissan Navara Dark Sky concept is for scientists to support observations made by ESA’s Gaia satellite telescope, the Navara and contents will be donated to the ESA for the research to be continued.
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